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Contextualizing Compliance in the Public Sector
Individual Motivations, Social Processes, and Institutional Design

ISBN 9780367666057
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Studying compliance to uncover whether compliance is occurring, and what motivates it, is central to the broader study of governance. Contextualizing Compliance in the Public Sector: Individual Motivations, Social Processes and Institutional Design develops an interdisciplinary approach for answering a classic and essential question in any rule-governed context: What factors influence the decision of an individual or organization to comply (or not) with governing rules? 

Analyzing compliance from an interdisciplinary and multi-level perspective, this book examines the question of what motivates compliance in the context of salient policy issues, such as energy policy, water governance, police profiling, and drug policy, among others. The book brings together an interdisciplinary group of experts who explore the psychological, social, and institutional factors that shape compliance with formal rules embodied in laws and regulations and/or informal rules embodied in social norms. In doing so, they offer a platform for assessing individual compliance, compliance by or in the context of groups, and compliance on a systemic or societal level.

Contextualizing Compliance in the Public Sector: Individual Motivations, Social Processes and Institutional Designis an excellent resource for researchers and scholars of public administration and public policy conducting research on compliance, rules, behavior, and policy outcomes.

Table of Contents

 1. Building a Framework for Contextualizing Compliance [Saba Siddiki, Tanya Heikkila, and Salvador Espinosa]  2. Policy Compliance: Personal, Social, and Institutional Motivations [Saba Siddiki]  3. What comes after Marijuana Legalization? An Exploratory Assessment of Users’ Attitudes towards Rule Compliance [Salvador Espinosa]  4. Voluntary Compliance in Environmental Programs [Cali Curley and William L. Swann]  5. Procedural Justice and Compliance in Problem-Solving Courts [Bradley Ray and Cindy Brooks Dollar]  6. Investigating Compliance at the Macro-Level: The Case of US Interstate River Compacts [Tanya Heikkila and Edella Schlager]  7. Police Non-Compliance: Why Law Enforcers May Deviate from Laws, Rules and Reform Mandates [Stuart Henry, Joshua Chanin, Megan Welsh, and Dana Nurge]  8. Humanistic Rational Choice and Compliance Motivation in Complex Societal Dilemmas [Daniel A. DeCaro]  9. Conclusion [Tanya Heikkila, Salvador Espinosa, Saba Siddiki]

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Tanya Heikkila is Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research expertise is in comparative institutional analysis and the management of collaboration and conflict around common pool resources. She has studied institutions for coordinating groundwater and surface water in the western United States, interstate water conflicts and cooperation, the organization of collaborative ecosystem restoration programs, as well as the political landscape of hydraulic fracturing in the United States.

Saba Siddiki is Assistant Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research expertise is in policy design, collaborative policymaking, and sustainability related technology and behavior adoption. She has studied the design and associated outcomes of public policies used in food system and environmental governance. Within these domains, she has also studied the role of multi-stakeholder collaboration in policy design and implementation.

Salvador Espinosa is Associate Professor of Public Affairs at San Diego State University. He specializes in public financial administration, public policy analysis, and institutional analysis. Dr. Espinosa’s current research agenda applies theories and methods from the cognitive and behavioral sciences to improve the effectiveness of regulations and public policy outcomes.


'Compliance with rules in society remains an understudied issue of great importance. Why do individuals (or groups) generally comply with legal rules and social norms? Under what circumstances do they choose not to comply? As this book shows, it is not a simple and straightforward matter of economic incentives. In addition to providing several interesting empirical case studies of compliance behaviour, the book provides a useful analytical framework for diagnosing compliance problems, as well as a behavioural theory of compliance. It should be of great interest to all social-scientists and policy-makers involved in the design, implementation and/or enforcement of legal rules and social norms.' - Daniel H. Cole, Professor of Law and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University


'In this volume a multidisciplinary team of mostly junior researchers offer an interesting juxtaposition of hope and hard-headed analysis. Using cases drawn from an eclectic range of policy settings at local, state, and national levels, they identify the ways certain perceptions, attitudes, and institutional ties can work together to encourage citizens and public officials to go beyond the bare minimum required for regulatory compliance to realize more integrative forms of social cooperation.' - Michael D. McGinnis, Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington