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Representative Bureaucracy in Action

Country Profiles from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia Edited by Patrick von Maravić, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada, B. Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor, University of Pittsburgh, US and Eckhard Schröter, Professor, Zeppelin University, Germany
Taking a comparative and analytical perspective, the authoritatively, yet accessibly written, country chapters show how salient the politics of representativeness have become in increasingly diverse societies. At the same time, they illustrate the wide variety of practice based on different political systems, administrative structures, and cultural settings.
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Publication Date: 2013
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • Public Policy
‘This volume confronts one of the most central issues in the study and
The book explores one of the most topical issues of public bureaucracies worldwide: the relationship between the composition of the public sector workforce and the nature of the society it serves.

Taking a comparative and analytical perspective, the authoritatively, yet accessibly written, country chapters show how salient the politics of representativeness have become in increasingly diverse societies. At the same time, they illustrate the wide variety of practice based on different political systems, administrative structures, and cultural settings.

Providing comprehensive up-to-date information and analysis, these studies will interest scholars and practitioners alike, from comparative public administration and management, government, public policy, and diversity studies.
practice of bureaucracy. Questions about representativeness of public institutions raises key issues about legitimacy, especially in contexts characterised by ethnic diversity and cleavages. Debates are shaped by normatively informed positions that contrasts those in favour of representativeness with those who point to limitations and side-effects. This volume offers a set of important contributions to these debates by linking the long-standing debates about representative bureaucracy with an impressive range of country studies. This volume is a fundamental contribution to the theme of representative bureaucracy.’
– Martin Lodge, London School of Economics, UK
Contributors: R. Andrews, R. Cameron, G. Capano, N. Carboni, F. de Zwart, M. del Carmen Pardo, G.S.A. Dijkstra, S.M. Dudek, A.-G. Gagnon, S. Groeneveld, D. Kübler, M. Maor, K. Michalak, C. Milne, B.G. Peters, E. Schröter, R. Smith, L. Turgeon, S. van de Walle, L. Vandenbussche, F.M. van der Meer, B. van Gool, P. von Maravić
Contents:

1. Representative Bureaucracy: Concept, Driving Forces, Strategies
B. Guy Peters, Eckhard Schröter and Patrick von Maravić

PART I: THE AMERICAS
2. Representative Bureaucracy in the United States
B. Guy Peters

3. Representative Bureaucracy in Canada
Luc Turgeon and Alain-G. Gagnon

4. Representative Bureaucracy in Mexico
María del Carmen Pardo

PART II: EUROPE
5. Representative Bureaucracy in Belgium: Power Sharing or Diversity?
Steven van de Walle, Sandra Groeneveld and Lieselot Vandenbussche

6. Representative Bureaucracy in Transitional Bureaucracies: Bulgaria and Romania
Katja Michalak

7. Representative Bureaucracy in Germany? From Passive to Active Intercultural Opening
Patrick von Maravić and Sonja M. Dudek

8. Representative Bureaucracy in Italy
Giliberto Capano and Nadia Carboni

9. Representative Bureaucracy in the Netherlands
Frits M. van der Meer and Gerrit S.A. Dijkstra

10. Representative Bureaucracy in Switzerland
Daniel Kübler

11. Representative Bureaucracy in the United Kingdom
Rhys Andrews

PART III: AFRICA, OCEANIA, AND ASIA
12. Representative Bureaucracy in South Africa
Robert Cameron and Chantal Milne

13. Politics of Representative Bureaucracy in India
Bas van Gool and Frank de Zwart

14. Bureaucratic Representation in Israel
Moshe Maor

15. Representative Bureaucracy in Australia: A Post-Colonial, Multicultural Society
Rodney Smith

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