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.

Paths toward Change

Paths toward change

Defending the American administrative state has always been a precarious enterprise because of endemic popular suspicions about bureaucracy (see King, Stivers, & Collaborators, 1998). Now that we have considered the gender dilemmas in these arguments, however, they seem even more problematic than has been generally apparent. Into the prevailing debate over the rightful basis of administrative discretion this book has introduced considerations such as these: the match between widespread ideas about masculinity and norms of professionalism, leadership, and management; the extent to which bureaucratic structures and procedures, administrative career patterns, and the dynamics of public organizational life depend on women's disproportionate responsibility for domestic work; the administrative state's part in sustaining gender roles that limit women's life choices; and the ...

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