History and persistence of an idea and an ideal

Sylvia Horton

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Public service has several meanings. First, ‘the public service’ refers to people employed by governments to carry out the administrative functions of the state; second, a public service refers to a service authorized and funded by government. Third, a public service can also refer to any service provided to the public. Finally, public service can refer to the motivation of people who feel a sense of duty or responsibility for contributing to the welfare of others and to the common good of the community or society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMotivation in public management: the call of the public service
EditorsJ. Perry, A. Hondeghem
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)0199234035
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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