Lin, Yu-Wen (2014, December). Public service motivation in Taiwan: Applying Q methodology to test Perry’s measurement scale. International Journal of Political Science, Law and International Relations, 4(6), 13-28. (Accessible: (Link:

Abstract: Public Service Motivation (PSM) is known as a concern to public service. Many Studies have shown that PSM is positively associated with public sector employment, even not-for profit sector. After James L. Perry (1990, 1996) proposes PSM and the measurement scale with 24 items, many studies support the existence of PSM. Since the main idea of PSM is that different motivation between public sector employments and its private counterparts, this study applies Q methodology to test Perry’s scale, hoping to identify the thinking of public, private and nonprofit sectors’ employment.

Yu-Wen Lin <> is with the Directory of Academic Departments, Administrative Units, Faculty and Staff, National Chi Nan University, Puli, Taiwan.