Advancing the frontiers of genomic public administration: From genetics to administrative attitudes, behaviors, and practices

Lei TAO, Shui-Yan TANG, Bo WEN

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Abstract

Biology's increasing applicability to the social sciences can inspire new approaches to public administration research and practice. Drawing on advances in behavioral genetics, genomic public administration may push its frontiers by examining the genetic foundations of administrative behaviors. While public administration scholars have pioneered the use of the twin design to assess the heritability of public sector employment and public service motivation, they may also use molecular genetics to explore how specific genes interact with environmental factors to shape administrative attitudes, traits, and behaviors. We highlight how relevant studies in management and political science may serve as models for similar explorations in public administration. We also outline four research agendas for genomic public administration. In addition to complementing traditional public administration theory by examining the genetic roots of administrative behaviors and practices, genomic public administration may enrich genetic inquiries by adding public sector applications. Copyright © 2023 American Society for Public Administration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1447-1461
JournalPublic Administration Review
Volume83
Issue number6
Early online dateOct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

Citation

Tao, L., Tang, S.-Y., & Wen, B. (2023). Advancing the frontiers of genomic public administration: From genetics to administrative attitudes, behaviors, and practices. Public Administration Review, 83(6), 1447-1461. https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.13744

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