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Women in Public Administration: Theory and Practice
Theory and Practice

Author(s): Maria J. D'Agostino, PhD, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, New York, New York
Helisse Levine, PhD, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York
  • ISBN-13: 9780763777258
  • Paperback    336 pages      © 2011
Price: $137.95 US List
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Explore the gender dimension and expand the dialogue in your classroom through this collection of case studies, empirical studies, and theoretical essays on women's issues in public administration.

Until now, there has been a paucity of research exploring how gender informs theory and practice in public administration which undermines the equitable representation of women in our society and precludes the integration of gender analysis into public sector practice and policies. This is the first book of its kind written about the female endeavor in public administration from the perspective of female public administrators and academics.

Women in Public Administration illuminates women's past and emerging challenges, in a predominantly male based public sector that are fundamental to practitioners, students, and faculty of public administration and policy.  For example, how women administrators have been affected by male dominated labor markets, ethics and law, management, financial institutions, and public service. This book extends beyond the existing works in the field by furthering the discussion and bridging the gender gap in public administration theory and praxis by continuing the efforts of the female public administrators who began to unravel the inequity in our public organizations and the under representation of women in our society.

    Chapter  1  Feminist Theories and their Application to Public Administration
    Chapter  2  Jane Addams Theory of Democracy and Social Ethics: Incorporating a Feminist Perspective
    Chapter  3  A Theory of Difference
    Chapter  4  A Case Study: Female Friendly Policies in the Academe
    Chapter  5  Research Productivity and Career Trajectories of Women in Public Administration
    Chapter  6  Family Friendly Policies from Denmark: An International Perspective
    Chapter  7  The (Un)intended Consequences of Family-Friendly Workplace Policies
    Chapter  8  Women and the Law: The Statutory and Constitutional Legal Frameworks for Gender Equality
    Chapter  9  Minority Women and Public Administration
    Chapter  10  Women in Public Administration: Sustainable Development and Social Justice
    Chapter  11  Women in Budgeting and Financial Management
  Section  4-A  The Female Practitioner
    Chapter  12  Municipal Clerks: A Female Perspective of Local Government
    Chapter  13  Women in Public Sector Unions: Opportunities and Obstacles on the Path to Activism and Leadership
    Chapter  14  Women in the U.S. Military
    Chapter  15  The Pipeline and Women Practitioners
  Section  4-B  The Female Manager
    Chapter  16  Beating the Odds: Female Faculty, Students and Administrators in Schools of Public Affairs
    Chapter  17  In Their Own Words: Profiling Women Strategic Managers in Award-Winning Programs
    Chapter  18  Managing Gendered Politics in Careers: A Case of Women Managers in the Federal Government
    Chapter  19  Women and the Nonprofit Sector
    Chapter  20  In Search of a Middle Ground: Preachy, Screechy and Angry vs. Soft, Sweet and Compliant
    Chapter  21  Concluding Remarks

Maria J. D'Agostino, PhD-John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, New York, New York


Maria J. D’Agostino is an assistant professor of public administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, where she public administration on the graduate and undergraduate programs. She holds a PhD in Public Administration from Rutgers University. Her research interests include public service, citizen involvement, volunteerism and women and public administration.  She has contributed to Gender in Management: an International,International Journal of Public Administration Review, and the Journal of Public Administration and Education.

Helisse Levine, PhD-Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York


Helisse Levine is assistant professor, Master of Public Administration Program, School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences at Long Island University, Brooklyn New York, where she teaches courses in public sector budgeting, healthcare financial management and research methods. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Rutgers University. Her research interests center on state and local government budgetary decision making, fiscal implications of economic cycles on sub-national governments, transparency in the municipal bond market, and the issue of gender in public administration. She has contributed to the Municipal Finance Journal, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and Gender in Management: an International Journal.
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