Uniqueness of Public Service Motivation

Jolanta Palidauskaitė


Insufficient attention towards the topic of public service motivation among Lithuanian scholars encouraged the author to choose the object for the paper. The paper starts with the analysis of various theories of motivation (starting with A.Maslow theory of needs hierarchy and analyzing more complex theories of F.Herzberg, K.Alderfer, D.McCleland, V.Vroom, J.Adams, E.Lawler, W.Porter ). Similar theories can serve as the basis for future research in Lithuanian public sphere. Author states, that universal theory on motivation does not exist. This fact complicates applicability of various theories in practice as raises the question, which theory is the best one (qualitative dimension). After choosing the theory, another question is what we have to measure. Attitudes (satisfaction), behavior (involvement) or both these elements should be used trying to measure motivation. A wish to participate in public policy implementation, serving public, loyalty to government; commitment and benevolence are several specific motivators, which influence public servant’s activity. It is shown that working conditions, work content, salary, work safety, challenges, and possibilities for a career in private and public sector lead to distinguish certain similarities and differences.


needs; motives; motyvation; process of motyvation; public service motivation

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