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Gender Images in Public Administration

Gender Images in Public Administration
Legitimacy and the Administrative State

Second Edition

April 2002 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Ten years after the first edition, Gender Images in Public Administration has been extensively updated to reflect recent research and new theoretical literature. Like its predecessor, this new edition applies a gender lens to the field of public administration, looking at issues of status, power, leadership, legitimacy, and change. Also included is an examination of women's historical progress toward their current status in federal, state, and local governments. Stivers also assesses the peculiar nature of the organizational reality women experience, and their place in society at large as it is shaped by the administrative state.


Praise for the First Edition:

"Because so much of the way we frame our world is taken for granted, we remain blissfully oblivious to the assumptions which serve as the foundation for our relationships, rules, and policies. Stivers calls a halt to this blissful oblivion. By holding gender up to the light, she shows how it affects our interpretations of legitimacy, entitlement, and power."

¾ Public Administration Review


Camilla Stivers is Levin Professor of Urban Studies and Public Service at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. She is Associate Editor of Public Administration Review, author of Bureau Men, Settlement Women: Constructing Public Administration in the Progressive Era, and a coauthor of Government Is Us: Public Administration in an Anti-government Era. She received her Ph.D. in public administration and policy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She was a practicing administrator in nonprofit and public agencies for nearly two decades.

Chapter 1 Gender and Public Administration
Chapter 2 "On Tap But Not on Top": Women in the Administrative State
Chapter 3 "Sharpening a Knife Cleverly": The Dilemma of Expertise
Chapter 4 "Look Like a Lady, Act Like a Man": The Dilemma of Leadership
Chapter 5 The Hero Factory: The Dilemma of Virtue
Chapter 6 From the Ground(s) Up: Women Reformers and the Rise of the Administrative State
Chapter 7 Paths Toward Change
About the Author

"I would urge you to buy this book... The bottom line is everyone in public administration should read this book. Translate it, challenge it, teach it, and use it as a guide to empirical research."

Kenneth J. Meier
Texas A&M University
Key features

Updated throughout – incorporates data, research studies, and theoretical literature from the last ten years

Increased focus on gender images and how they work against women and men

Expanded coverage of nonprofit management


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