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Does political change affect senior management turnover? An empirical analysis of top-tier local authorities in England

Boyne, George Alexander, James, Oliver, John, Peter and Petrovsky, Nicolai 2009. Does political change affect senior management turnover? An empirical analysis of top-tier local authorities in England. Public Administration 88 (1) , pp. 136-153. 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.01751.x

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Abstract

In many political systems the political neutrality of senior managers’ tenure is often cherished as a key part of the politics-administration dichotomy and is subject to formal safeguards. We test hypotheses about the impact of political change on senior management turnover drawn from political science, public administration and private sector management theory. Using panel data to control for unobserved heterogeneity between authorities, we find that changes in political party control and low organizational performance have both separate and joint positive effects on the turnover rate of senior managers. By contrast, the most senior manager, the chief executive, is more sheltered: the likelihood of a chief executive succession is higher only when party change and low performance occur together. Thus the arrival of a new ruling party reduces the tenure of senior managers, but chief executives are vulnerable to political change only when performance is perceived as weak.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0033-3298
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 03:56
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/22740

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