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Extensively updated to reflect recent research and new theoretical literature, this much-anticipated Second Edition applies a gender lens to the field of public administration, looking at issues of status, power, leadership, legitimacy and change. The author examines the extent of women’s historical progress as public employees, their current status in federal, state, and local governments, the peculiar nature of the organizational reality they experience, and women’s place in society at large as it is shaped by government.

Gender and Public Administration
Gender and public administration

Skepticism about bureaucrats is an ongoing American phenomenon; the late 20th century, however, seemed to reach something of a nadir in the fortunes of public administration. Civil servants bore the brunt of widespread public suspicion and outright disapproval. Trading on the reported failure of the War on Poverty, budget deficits, and a series of scandals that sharpened American misgivings about government activism, politicians promised to lower taxes and reduce the size of the bureaucracy. Then-President Bill Clinton assured Americans that the era of big government was over. Seen by the public as paper shufflers and time servers, enmeshed in red tape and out of touch with reality, federal bureaucrats eagerly embraced the National Performance Review, and their counterparts ...

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