Category Archives: attitudes

Experiments on recovery and compensation after service failure

After a service failure, citizens expect a recovery strategy that restores perceived justice and places a reasonable value on their loss. Offering monetary compensation is a strategy commonly used in private settings, but less so in public settings. Results of our experiments showed that compensation leads to similar positive effects in public and private settings confirming earlier private setting research that applied justice theory. Explicitly promising compensation prior to a service encounter had no effect. However, promising compensation and not offering it led to decreased citizens’ evaluations, which confirms expectancy disconfirmation theory.  Preprint of this paper with Thomassen, Leliveld and Ahaus on Researchgate. Soon out in Public Administration.

Organisational socialization in public administration

As part of the NWO vidi project on the interaction between public officials an citizens, we just published this systematic review in ARPA on organizational socialization in public administration. Organizational socialization is the process of mutual adaptation between an organization and its new members. We are now collecting panel data in two national tax administrations. A preprint is also available.

Agenda-setting by the European Commission. Seeking public opinion?

In this article for JEPP, we used the codebook of the Comparative Agenda Setting Project to code the content of special Eurobarometers. We found a steep increase and a curvilinear pattern: public opinion is rarely invited in areas of exclusive European Union competencies and exclusive national competencies. Most special Eurobarometers focus on shared competencies. Citizens are almost never asked about expenditure programmes and never on immigration. Haverland, M., De Ruiter, M., & Van de Walle, S. (2016), Agenda setting by the Commission. Seeking public opinion? Journal of European Public Policy.

COCOPS dataset now open access

A version of the dataset from the COCOPS top public executive survey, with responses from over 7000 top central government executives in 21 countries, on public sector reform, managerial tools and behaviours, is now available open access through the Gesis social science data archive. Some restrictions still apply to the full dataset. Please use the data, and the COCOPS researchers are open to all kinds of research collaborations.