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Global Equity in Administration
Nervous Areas of Governments

Edited By

Susan T. Gooden

ISBN 9780367519780
Published July 15, 2020 by Routledge
338 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Governments around the world face the challenge of espousing principles of fairness but practicing inequity in their administration. Issues of equity and justice are fundamental concerns of government, and thus to public administrators, who constantly struggle to evaluate a country’s social climate and ensure equity in governance. Such evaluation is unlikely to occur in a serious way, however, if government actors are fundamentally too uncomfortable to directly engage the topic. The result, this book argues, is a context of 'nervousness,' which unless squarely acknowledged and addressed, can become debilitating and thwart progress toward achieving social equity.

This volume explores and expands our understanding of the concept of nervousness in the administration of government services around the world, demonstrating the ways in which such an emotional and physical reaction can debilitate government actions that are needed to promote social equity and justice. Each of the chapters in this edited volume focuses on a single country and examines a specific nervous area of government, highlighting important historical and political considerations, as well as specific evidence of promising progress. It considers the complexity of nervous areas of governments around the world, while identifying encouraging approaches and initiatives. Global Equity in Administration is required reading for all practicing and aspiring public servants concerned with fair and equitable provision of public services around the world.

Table of Contents

List of Tables List of Figures Contributing Authors Preface 1. Introduction: Nervousness in a Global Context - Susan T. Gooden Part I: Gender & Sexuality 2. Gender Equity in China and the Impacts of Family Planning Policies and Actions - Yali Pang 3. The State of Gender Equality in India and Impact of Mid-Day Meal Scheme - Anbu Arumugam 4. Confronting Nervousness at the Intersection of Indigenous and Gender Issues: A Case Study of Mexico’s Efforts, Accomplishments and Remaining Work - Nadia Rubaii & Susan Appe 5. Sex and Nervousness in Cyprus and the EU - Anna Agathengelou, Kalliopi Christoforou, & Sophia Georgiou Part II: Race & Ethnicity 6. Racial Equity in Brazil - Marilyn Rubin, Fátima Bayma de Oliveira & Wendy M. Nicholson 7. Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Opportunities - Simone Martin-Howard & Ezechiel Sentama 8. Turkish Origin Germans – Temporarily Permanent - Loren Gatch, John Hiltz, & Elizabeth Overman 9. Acknowledging Nervousness Through Truth and Reconciliation: Lessons from South Africa - Samantha June Larson & Crystal Soderman Part III: Religion & Community 10. Reconciliation Programming and Discourse in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 - Brendan Burke & John Barry 11. Islamophobia in France: Using Technology and Outreach to Advance Social Equity - Angela Kline & Sean A. McCandless 12. Access to Healthcare in the Netherlands - Erna Ruijer & Jelena Arsenjievic 13. Conclusion: Principles for Conquering Nervousness in Government - Susan T. Gooden

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Susan T. Gooden is interim dean and professor of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an internationally recognized expert on social equity. Gooden is an elected fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration and is past president of the American Society for Public Administration. Her books include Why Research Methods Matter, Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government, and Cultural Competency for Public Administrators. Her research has been funded by several organizations including the Russell Sage Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, MDRC, and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.


"This is the right book at the right time on the right topic. Taking a global approach to social equity, chapters illustrate the universality of inequity and the unique challenges in different countries. This is a great resource for everyone who cares about human rights."

Mary E. Guy, University of Colorado Denver, USA


"This is a ground-breaking book that should be required reading in all public administration and policy programs. The chapters show how nervousness--human emotions, values and physical behavior—around race can impede governments' ability to promote social equity and justice. This is a major intellectual contribution to the fields of public administration, management and policy."


Norma M. Riccucci, Rutgers Newark University, USA