Do birds of a feather flock together? The personality traits of politicians and bureaucrats in decentralized government

Florczak, Christoffer ; Ludeke, Steven ; Klemmensen, Robert ; Nørgaard, Asbjørn Sonne ; Arends, Camilla Voigt

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: Personality and Individual Differences
Volume: 163
Issue number: Article 110065
Place of publication: Oxford [u.a.]
Publishing house: Pergamon Press
ISSN: 0191-8869
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: A substantial body of work has highlighted the distinctive personality trait levels of elected officials, but very little is known about the personality of those who actually implement the political will of these officials, namely, bureaucrats. We sent surveys to all Danish municipal politicians and high-level bureaucrats for whom contact information could be obtained (92% of total). With response rates of 53% and 40% for politicians and bureaucrats, respectively, our sample of political elites across the two groups represents the best-powered study of political elites to date. Responses to our 30-item Big Five survey (the BFI-2-S; Soto and John, 2017a; Vedel et al., 2020) highlighted substantial similarity among various categories of political elites. For example, differences between bureaucrats and elected officials were small on average, and less than half that observed in a recent study comparing Danish elected officials with a representative population sample (Nørgaard & Klemmensen, 2018). Comparisons between bureaucrats of different rank partially aligned with results on executive personality (Ones & Dilchert, 2009). Potential implications for effective political functioning and for meeting the needs of those with personalities diverging from those of political elites are briefly discussed.

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