Chapter 6: The impact of policy alienation on resistance to change
The previous chapter analyzed the main antecedents of policy alienation. In this chapter, a different approach is taken. Using a large-scale survey, the main goal is to investigate an important effect of policy alienation: resistance to change. While doing this, I will use the measurement instrument developed in Chapter 3. When public professionals resist policies, this can have severe consequences. For instance, professionals can start demonstrations and strikes against a policy, such as the teachers from Israel who resisted educational reforms (Berkovich, 2011). Professionals can also engage in rule bending or rule breaking behavior because they do not agree with the policy (Huberts et al., 2006). As well as demonstrations and rule breaking, more personal consequences can follow. When conducting the study of the DRG policy, I found that many professionals quit their profession as they had severe problems with the policy. This can be seen as the ultimate form of resistance.
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