Gender and representative bureaucracy

Representative bureaucracy theory is instructive for dealing with the challenges that gender brings to governance. This chapter situates power structures within masculinist norms and explains why this is inadequate. Arguing that gender exists on a continuum rather than being binary, the authors apply representative bureaucracy norms to all locations on the continuum and provides a glossary of terms. Explaining how all categories of gender deserve representation, critical mass theory is used to explain how tipping points vary per category. Conscientious representation is offered as a means to reach the tipping point. The chapter concludes with the argument that to achieve greater integration of everyone’s point of view is to come closer to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Representative bureaucracy theory is instructive for dealing with the challenges that gender brings to governance. This chapter situates power structures within masculinist norms and explains why this is inadequate. Arguing that gender exists on a continuum rather than being binary, the authors apply representative bureaucracy norms to all locations on the continuum and provides a glossary of terms. Explaining how all categories of gender deserve representation, critical mass theory is used to explain how tipping points vary per category. Conscientious representation is offered as a means to reach the tipping point. The chapter concludes with the argument that to achieve greater integration of everyone's point of view is to come closer to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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Categories: Bias, Employment, Equity, Gender, Gender Equity, Public Administration, Women