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.

From the Ground(s) Up: Women Reformers and the Rise of the Administrative State

From the ground(s) up: Women reformers and the rise of the administrative state

Themes of expertise, leadership, and virtue on which contemporary public administration theorists rely so heavily began to emerge during the founding period of American government, when the constitutional fabric wove together strands that included the preeminence of the better sort and the need for energy in the executive. But they assumed new significance during the Progressive era, when reformers marshaled them in the interest of more active administrative government.

By focusing mainly on current-day arguments, my critiques of expertise, leadership, and virtue may have created the impression that women played no part in the historical development of these images. On this ...

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