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Hybrid governance and the attribution of political responsibility: experimental evidence from the United States

Woodhouse, Eleanor Florence, Belardinelli, Paolo and Bertelli, Anthony Michael (2022) Hybrid governance and the attribution of political responsibility: experimental evidence from the United States. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 32 (1). pp. 150-165. ISSN 1053-1858

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jopart/muab014

Abstract

How does the mode of public service delivery affect the attribution of responsibility for public goods? Through a survey experiment on a sample of more than 1,000 Americans, we provide evidence of how the allocation of public goods shapes voters' support for incumbent politicians. We find that voters prefer a mixture of public-private financing and management when it comes to the delivery of infrastructure. However, once performance information is available, the mode of infrastructure delivery no longer influences their voting intention. The successful delivery of these infrastructure projects is what ultimately matters to voters. Moreover, this preference for a mixture of public and private involvement in public service delivery is stronger among citizens with high political knowledge, who are more likely to punish the incumbent for a failed first phase of the public service delivery. These findings deepen our understanding of how hybrid forms of public service delivery are perceived by voters and how performance information affects evaluations of the performance of public services and politicians alike.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author(s).
Divisions: School of Public Policy
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Subjects: J Political Science
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2023 12:51
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 07:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/117964

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