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Socioeconmic Background And Parental Values: An Examination Of Approaches To Bureaucratic Discretion At The Street-level

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Socioeconmic Background And Parental Values: An Examination Of Approaches To Bureaucratic Discretion At The Street-level

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dc.contributor.author Booher, Jesse R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-11T20:47:49Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-11T20:47:49Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10-11
dc.date.submitted January 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-11274 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/6128
dc.description.abstract Scholarly literature on policy implementation at the street-level generally focuses on how workers act in response to external pressures. Pressures can include policy rules, organizational culture, and the identities of the clients. Academia has produced scant work, however, examining how the identities and backgrounds of street-level bureaucrats influence their approach to the discretion inherent in their jobs. This study seeks to fill that literary gap. Using semi-structured interviews with street-level bureaucrats in North Texas, the study yields two strong relationships. First, a relationship exists between the participants' socioeconomic backgrounds as children and how they approach discretion inherent to street-level bureaucracy. Secondly, certain family values stressed by participants' parents relate with a common approach to bureaucratic discretion. The family's decision making process, in particular, showed the most significant relationship with what guided workers in their decision making process, how they used creativity at work, and whether or not they admitted to changing or ignoring policy. The findings call for an expansion of academic research into street-level bureaucratic discretion. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Barrett, Edith en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Urban & Public Affairs en_US
dc.title Socioeconmic Background And Parental Values: An Examination Of Approaches To Bureaucratic Discretion At The Street-level en_US
dc.type M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Barrett, Edith en_US
dc.degree.department Urban & Public Affairs en_US
dc.degree.discipline Urban & Public Affairs en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. en_US

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