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At their wits' end? Economic stress, motivation and unethical judgement of public servants

Título de la revista: PUBLIC MANAGEMENT REVIEW
ISSN: 1471-9037
Volumen: 21
Número: 10
Páginas: 1516 - 1537
Fecha de publicación: 2019
Through an interdisciplinary approach, this paper addresses the scarcity of research that assesses economic stressors, public service motivation (PSM), work motivations, and unethical judgement in the public square. We argue that motivations have a direct relationship with the acceptance of unethical behaviour, but that economic stress (defined as financial stress and job insecurity) may influence this relationship both direct and indirectly. Using data from the European Social Survey, we develop a path model to test these hypotheses. We find that PSM and work motivation influence unethical judgements, and perceived economic stressors play an indirect role through their relationship with work motivations. Implications of the findings are discussed.