Red tape is seen as a destructive organizational force that reduces public officials’ motivation and curtails organizational performance. By increasing the time, cost, and effort required to inform the public and coordinate participation, red tape has also been said to reduce public officials’ positive attitudes toward public participation. However, research on the effects of red tape on public officials’ attitudes toward public participation remains inconclusive. This study examines how the lack of functionality and compliance burden of rules affect public officials’ attitudes toward public participation. Using cross-sectional survey data of n ¼ 862 municipal public officials and a structural equation modeling approach, this study finds that public officials’ perceptions of the lack of functionality of rules are positively associated with attitudes toward public participation, and that perceptions of the compliance burden of rules are negatively associated with attitudes toward public participation.

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Keywords attitudes, public officials, public participation, red tape, structural equation model
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020852320942311, hdl.handle.net/1765/130316
Journal International Review of Administrative Sciences: an international journal of comparative public administration
Citation
Migchelbrink, K., & Van de Walle, S.G.J. (2020). Increasing the cost ofparticipation: red tapeand public officials’attitudes towardpublic participation. International Review of Administrative Sciences: an international journal of comparative public administration. doi:10.1177/0020852320942311