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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.

“Sharpening a Knife Cleverly”: The Dilemma of Expertise
“Sharpening a knife cleverly”: The dilemma of expertise

One of the most pervasive topics in public administration theory is the expertise of public administrators. Practitioners and scholars argue that competence in the art of governance entitles public administrators to a certain measure of power in the fulfillment of their responsibilities. Debate centers not on this fundamental claim but on relatively secondary questions like the specific nature of the expertise, or whether it makes sense logically or strategically to consider public administration a profession.

For example, Morgan (1990) asks “What particular competence do and/or should public administrators possess in their exercise of authority?” rather than “Does expertise justify authority?” (p. 70). The “Blacksburg Manifesto” argues that whether or not we ...

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