Public values: An inventory

Torben Beck Jørgensen, Barry Bozeman

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Exploring boundaries and meanings of public value, the authors seek to identify some of the impediments to progress in the study of public values. The study of public values is often hamstrung by more general problems in the study of values. The authors begin by identifying analytical problems in the study of values and public values. Then they take stock of the public values universe. To identify public value concepts, relevant literature is reviewed and interpreted. Finally, the analytical questions posed in the first section are addressed, focusing specifically on issues related to the hierarchy, causality, and proximity of public values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-381
Number of pages28
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Proximity of values
  • Public values
  • Values causality
  • Values hierarchy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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