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Aspiring Top Civil Servants' Distrust in the Private Sector

Méfiance envers le secteur privé des aspirants hauts fonctionnaires

Anne Boring, Claudine Desrieux and Romain Espinosa ()
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Anne Boring: Erasmus University Rotterdam, LIEPP - Laboratoire interdisciplinaire d'évaluation des politiques publiques - Sciences Po - Sciences Po
Claudine Desrieux: CRED - Centre de Recherches en Economie et Droit - UP2 - Université Panthéon-Assas
Romain Espinosa: CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CREM - Centre de recherche en économie et management - UNICAEN - Université de Caen Normandie - NU - Normandie Université - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - UNIV-RENNES - Université de Rennes - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: In this paper, we assess the beliefs of aspiring top civil servants towards the private sector. We use a survey conducted in a French university known for training most of the future high-ranking civil servants and politicians, as well as students who will work in the private sector. Our results show that students aspiring to work in the public sector are more likely to distrust the private sector, to believe that conducting business is easy, and are less likely to see the benefits of public-private partnerships. They are also more likely to believe that private sector workers are self-interested. These results have strong implications for the level of regulation in France, and the cooperation between the public and private sector.

Keywords: Public service motivation; Private sector motivation; Career choices; Civil servants; Choix de carrière; Service public; Secteur privé; Fonction publique (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-12
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Published in Revue d'Economie Politique, Dalloz, 2018, 128 (6), pp.1047-1088

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