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Between patronage and good governance: organizational arrangements in (local) public appointment processes

Sancino, Alessandro; Grossi, Giuseppe and Sicilia, Mariafrancesca (2019). Between patronage and good governance: organizational arrangements in (local) public appointment processes. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 85(2) (In Press).

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This paper investigates whether certain organizational arrangements in (local) public appointment processes could encourage the use of appointments as a tool of good governance rather than as a tool of patronage. Specifically, we studied the role of six organizational arrangements in ten case studies of intra-and inter-organizational public appointment processes held in Italian local government. We found that good governance (in terms of perception of overall integrity and fairness) was found in processes of public appointments where there was independent scrutiny, and when the process involved local councillors and/or external stakeholders — that is, actors beyond those with the formal power to appoint. In these cases, making appointments was seen as a tool of good governance rather than of patronage. These organizational arrangements were more relevant than other ones such as transparency of public advertisements, job descriptions and educational/professional requirements, media and public awareness. The paper describes the relevant literature, the research study and discusses implications for research, policy and management.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1461-7226
Keywords: Public appointments; local government; public managers; politicians; good governance; public governance; patronage; Italy; corruption
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL)
Item ID: 47600
Depositing User: Alessandro Sancino
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2016 09:39
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 16:41
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