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Gender, Representative Bureaucracy, and Law Enforcement: The Case of Sexual Assault

Meier, Kenneth John and Nicholson-Crotty, Jill 2006. Gender, Representative Bureaucracy, and Law Enforcement: The Case of Sexual Assault. Public Administration Review 66 (6) , pp. 850-860. 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2006.00653.x

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Using the theory of representative bureaucracy, this paper investigates the relationship between women police officers and sexual assault reports and arrests. The theoretical contribution is to establish a case in which representation is likely to occur, even without a conscious effort on the part of the bureaucrat involved but simply because of the shared experiences of the bureaucrat and the client. Based on a pooled time series of 60 urban areas over an eight-year time frame, this study finds that the percentage of women police officers is positively associated with the number of reports of sexual assault and with the number of arrests for sexual assault.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0033-3352
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:29

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