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.

The Hero Factory: The Dilemma of Virtue

The hero factory: The dilemma of virtue

The rectitude of public servants is an enduring concern, not just in the literature of public administration but in the world of government and politics and among the American people at large. Much of what is written and said about the moral status of public administrators is either skeptical or hortatory: Muckrakers, in time-honored fashion, go after the sloth and corruption of bureaucrats while ethicists seek to fashion moral arguments that will inspire worthy administrative behavior. Normative public administration theory, on the other hand, focuses as much on asserting the virtue of public administrators as on trying to guide or find fault with it. Although defenders of public administration recognize imperfections in ...

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