Contingent Professionalism: Bureaucratic Mobility and the Adoption of Water Conservation Rates

Teodoro, Manuel P.
April 2010
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Apr2010, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p437
Academic Journal
The article discusses bureaucratic mobility and the adoption of water conservation rates. The author argues that innovations are most likely to diffuse from professions to governments under conditions of bureaucratic job mobility because when an agency head arrives from outside the government he/she serves, she carries both a reputation and mandate for innovation. Data from a survey of water utility executives shows the effect of career path and professional involvement on utilities' adoption of conservation-oriented water rate structure. The author states that executive career path is a strong predictor of an agency's adoption of conservation rates, along with professionalism.


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