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Theoretical frontiers in representative bureaucracy: new directions for research

Meier, Kenneth J. 2019. Theoretical frontiers in representative bureaucracy: new directions for research. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance 2 (1) , pp. 39-56. 10.1093/ppmgov/gvy004

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The notion of a representative bureaucracy has generated a great deal of research although many issues are yet to be resolved and some have not been addressed. This theoretical essay uses a contingency theory approach to address a set of key questions relevant to representative bureaucracy. It discusses who is represented and what values get represented at the aggregate level, why bureaucrats represent, who they represent, and which bureaucrats represent at the individual level, and the empirical issues of critical mass, intersectionality, and how representation might change as a minority becomes a majority. The essay proposes 15 testable hypotheses and four modeling recommendations for empirical analysis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 2398-4910
Funders: None
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 July 2018
Date of Acceptance: 2 July 2018
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 08:54

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