The purpose of this paper is to examine how much value national governments worldwide place on political, economic, scientific, artistic, religious, legal, sportive, health-related, educational and mass media-related issues. This knowledge is critical as governments and policies are typically expected to be congruent with the importance these issues have for society.
Drawing on theories of polyphonic and multifunctional organization, the authors recoded and analyzed a US Central Intelligence Agency directory to test the cabinet portfolio of a total of 201 national governments for significant biases to the above issues.
The results suggest that governments worldwide massively over-allocate their attention to economic issues.
The authors conclude that this strong pro-economic governance-bias likely translates into dysfunctional governance and development at both the national and supra-national level.
Roth, S., Santonen, T., Heimstädt, M., Clark, C., Trofimov, N., Kaivo-oja, J., Atanesyan, A., Laki, B. and Sales, A. (2019), "Government.com? Multifunctional cabinet portfolio analysis of 201 national governments", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 621-639. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-10-2018-0290
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