Politicisation and managerial values: Responses from New Zealand councillors

International Employment Relations Association
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Conference Proceeding
IERA 2009 17th Annual Conference: Book of Proceedings, 2009, pp. 71 - 90
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This study assesses the proposition that politicisation of public sector employment leads to government managers moving away from neutrality values and adopting responsive values. Results of a survey of well over 100 councillors in the New Zealand local government system provided limited support to this proposition. Most councillors report managers adopting neutrality values and combining them with elements from trustee and responsive value types in the area of managerial advice. We argue that although most managers accept the traditional role distribution between councillors and managers a small percentage of managers tend to believe that managers have an obligation to ensure that their view of community interest is heard in the policy process.
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