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Representative Bureaucracy: Classic Readings and Continuing Controversies

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The potential for government agencies to act as representative institutions if peopled from all sectors of society is examined in this reader. Beginning with a work with Max Weber and other "classical" writings, Dolan (Macalester College) and Rosenbloom (American U.) present 19 essays that examine theory, the impact of public personnel policy, the linkage between background and policy preferences, and the impact of President Clinton's "Reinventing Government" initiative on the American bureaucracy. Annotation ...
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Overview

The potential for government agencies to act as representative institutions if peopled from all sectors of society is examined in this reader. Beginning with a work with Max Weber and other "classical" writings, Dolan (Macalester College) and Rosenbloom (American U.) present 19 essays that examine theory, the impact of public personnel policy, the linkage between background and policy preferences, and the impact of President Clinton's "Reinventing Government" initiative on the American bureaucracy. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765609601
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/31/2003
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Theoretical Underpinnings: Why Does the Social Background of Public Administrators Matter? 3
Bureaucracy 8
Representative Bureaucracy 12
Democracy and the Public Service 19
Representative Bureaucracy 23
Ch. 2 Public Personnel Policy and Social Representation: How Do Policies for Recruitment, Selection, Promotion, Pay, and Retention Affect Representative Bureaucracy? 31
To Look Like America 35
Measuring Bureaucratic Representation and Integration 41
The Curious Case of Women in State and Local Government 52
Black Employment in Municipal Jobs: The Impact of Black Political Power 62
Ch. 3 Social Representation and Public Administrators' Worldviews: What Is the Linkage Between Social Background and Civil Servants' Policy Preferences? 77
Bureaucracy and Social Change 80
Representative Bureaucracy and Policy Preferences: A Study in the Attitudes of Federal Executives 84
Passive and Active Representation in the Federal Service: A Comparison of Blacks and Whites 97
Policy Preferences on Workplace Reform 104
Ch. 4 Social Background, Life Experience, and Policy Advocacy: Why Do Civil Servants Act on Policy Preferences Derived from Their Social Backgrounds and Life Experiences? 114
Minority Groups in Public Bureaucracies: Are Passive and Active Representation Linked? 117
The Impact of Representative Bureaucracies: Educational Systems and Public Policies 125
Bureaucracy as a Representative Institution: Toward a Reconciliation of Bureaucratic Government and Democratic Theory 134
Progress Toward Achieving a Representative Federal Bureaucracy: The Impact of Supervisors and Their Beliefs 155
Ch. 5 "Reinventing Government" and Representative Bureaucracy: The Impacts of Employee Empowerment, Outsourcing, and Entrepreneurship 169
Empowering Employees to Get Results 173
A Demand-Side Perspective on the Importance of Representative Bureaucracy 176
Faith Based Furor 185
Entrepreneurship in the Public Sector: On the Horns of a Dilemma 189
The Limits of Privatism 206
Index 211
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