Freeman, Patricia K.
January 1984
Public Administration Quarterly;Winter84, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p482
Academic Journal
The article examines impact of differences in value orientations held by state legislators and administrators on different policy views regarding energy shortages of the 1970s in the U.S. The energy shortages of the 1970s is one issue in which there was considerable disagreement between legislators and administrators regarding how the states should respond. Within the area of public administration, most individuals studying the behavior of organizations have concentrated on structural features such as the degree of centralization or the technology available. A wide variety of factors have been hypothesized to affect decision-making among political elites, including background variables, recruitment experience and professional socialization. The professionalism of an individual is positively related to the extent to which he views the world as complex. That is, the greater the professionalism, the more that person perceives problems in terms of multiple causes and solutions. The greater the complexity in one's world view, the more policies that are considered in response to a problem. position accounts for little of the variance in policy preferences after the impact of values has been considered, the relationship is not statistically significant.


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