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Title Rule following and deservingness
Post date 03/26/2019
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale

Previous research has looked at how client deservingness influences rule bending (Scott and Pandey 2000), but the previous research looked at the influence of redtape on mitigating rule bending. In this study, we look at whether cueing the deservingness of a client influences rule bending and whether the sector of the organization (government or nonprofit) influences the rule bending as well.

Our experimental study examines how sector and deservingness of clients influences rule following in public service delivery. The context of the experiment is the real life situation of a grant application deadlines. In our 2 X 2 experiment, we vary 1) whether the grant is coming from a government or a nonprofit and 2) whether the grant applicant is cued as deserving of the grant. Findings have implications for research and practice on rule following and deservingness in bureaucratic behavior.

C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?

Our first hypothesis is that respondents will be less likely to follow the rule if it is a nonprofit (or more likely to bend it if it is a nonprofit). Our second hypothesis is that deservingness will increase rule bending or rule breaking.

C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? *

We will examine the data descriptively with crosstabs and with regression to control for potential confounding factors, like political orientation. Likely controls include

C4 Country United States
C5 Scale (# of Units) Up to 1,200
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? Yes
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? Yes
C8 IRB Number 15-0206
C9 Date of IRB Approval 3/5/2019
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? The experiment will be conducted by POLS-Lab at UNCC and will use MTURK to get people to take the experiment.
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? No
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors