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.

“On Tap but Not on Top”: Women in the Administrative State

“On tap but not on top”: Women in the administrative state

Ever since Woodrow Wilson wrote the first scholarly paper on public administration, practical circumstances have influenced images of administrative governance. Wilson's (1887) statement that it was “getting harder to run a constitution than to frame one” (p. 200) was made in light of new economic and political complexities facing those charged with carrying on the affairs of the nation. Today's defenses of public administration continue to be attuned to the implications of such factors as a federal system of government, a market economy, interest group politics, bureaucratic organizational form, the characteristics of fiscal and human resources, computerization, and other concrete aspects of the American ...

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