Journal article

Into the purple zone: deconstructing the politics/administration distinction

24 Mar 2016
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Summary
We add new data to the long-standing debate about the interface between politics and administration, deploying theory and evidence indicating that it varies. It can be either a “purple zone” of interaction between the red of politics and the blue of administration, or a clear line. We use survey responses from 1,012 mostly senior public managers in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, along with semi-structured interviews with 42 of them, to examine the extent to which public managers perceive that they “cross” the line or go into a zone, and the ways in which they do so. Our inclusion of a zone as well as a line recasts how roles and relationships between politicians and administrators can be conceived. Moreover, it raises questions about how particular contingencies affect whether public managers perceive and work with a line or a zone.

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DOI: 
10.1177/0275074016638481
Volume: 
47
Issue: 
7
Pagination: 
752-763
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Language: 
English
Peer Reviewed: 
Yes
Published year only: 
2016
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