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Issue № 63. August 2017

Transformation of Values of Regional Civil Servants in an Administrative Reform: A Sociological Analysis

Elena A. Vasilieva, Aleksandr F. Borisov

Elena A. Vasilieva Ph.D., Academy of sciences of Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Yakutsk, Russian Federation.

Aleksandr F. Borisov — Ph.D., professor, Saint Petersburg University, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation.

The article is devoted to a profound transformation in the value structure of the regional public service as a social institution. It has been determined that the main values of bureaucracy are professionalism, high social status, seclusion, hierarchy and impersonality, as well as formalization, paternalism and concentration on the decision-making process, rather than on the practical results. The study of state civil servants of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) showed that the interiorization of new values of public administration, such as openness, transparency and high personal responsibility, correlates with age groups and length of service. The new values receive the greatest support among two groups: officials under the age of 30 years with a civil service experience of less than 5 years, and officials of retirement age who have a civil service experience more than 10 years. The main demotivating factors for officials who have been in the civil service for more than 5 years and who are between the age of 40 and retirement age are lack of initiative, stress and lack of career prospects. The reason for this, in our opinion, is the divergence of the traditional values which this group of officials internalized in the course of professional socialization, guiding their activities, and the values promoted in the course of the administrative reforms. Thus, at present it is necessary to focus on the value-oriented motivation of public servants, which will eliminate the emerging contradictions.


Values, social capital, public service, transformation, value-oriented motivation.

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