Public values: citizens’ perspective

Barry Bozeman

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Drawing data from more than 2,000 US citizens, the current article focuses on empirically derived citizens’ public values. Objectives include: (1) to provide and analyse empirical data on citizens’ specific views about what does and does not constitute a public value, (2) to distinguish between ‘Contested’ and ‘Consensus’ public values; (3) to suggest some implications of citizens’ public value assessment in terms of their theoretical meaning; (4) to compare expressed vs. enacted public values (based on decision vignettes). Findings show widespread agreement about a handful of putative public values, but when enacted in vignettes responses are inconsistent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)817-838
Number of pages22
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 3 2019


  • Public values
  • citzens
  • governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration


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