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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.

“Look like a Lady, Act like a Man”: The Dilemma of Leadership
“Look like a lady, act like a man”: The dilemma of leadership

Theorists frequently justify the exercise of administrative power on the basis that it fills a need for public leadership. The rationale is based on the nature of the American system of government and politics. Both scholars and practitioners tend to see this system as characterized by complexity, turbulence, and fragmented power, all of which hinder governance. The argument runs as follows: A federal system marked by separation of powers and checks and balances and a politics driven by the conflicting demands of competing interest groups not only keep power from coalescing but also make it difficult to govern. Under such conditions, there ...

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