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Race and Public Administration

Edited By Amanda Rutherford, Kenneth Meier Copyright 2020
    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    210 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Issues of race permeate virtually every corner of policy creation and implementation in the United States, yet theoretically driven research on interactions of policy, race, and ethnicity rarely offers practical tools that can be readily applied by current and future civil servants, private contractors, or nonprofit boards. Arguing that scholarship can and should inform practice to address issues of equity in public affairs, rather than overlook, ignore, or deny them, Race and Public Administration offers a much-needed and accessible exploration of current and cutting-edge research on race and policy.

    This book evaluates what contradictions, unanswered questions, and best (or worst) practices exist in conducting and understanding research that can provide evidence-based policy and management guidance to practitioners in the field.  Individual chapters are written by established and emerging scholars and explore a wide range of policy areas, including public education, policing, health and access to healthcare, digital governance, nonprofit diversity, and international contexts. Together, the chapters serve as a link between theoretically informed research in public administration and those students and professionals trained to work in the trenches of public administration. This book is ideally suited as a text for courses in schools of public administration, public policy, or nonprofit management, and is required reading for those actively involved in policy analysis, creation, or evaluation.

    Chapter 1 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

    Preface 1.The Common Denominator: Persistent Racial Gaps in the Administration of Policy Amanda Rutherford and Kenneth J. Meier 2. Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Public Sector Workforce: Insights from Public Education Jason A. Grissom and Ashley Jones 3. Race and Policing in Modern America Jill Nicholson-Crotty and Sean Nicholson-Crotty 4. Public Administration and Racial Disparities in Health and Health Care: Toward a New Health Inequality Research Ling Zhu and Kenicia Wright 5. Race, Place, and Digital Governance Adrian Brown, Karen Mossberger, and Seong Cho 6. Racial Diversity and Organizational Performance in the U.S. Nonprofit Sector Kelly LeRoux 7. A Janus-faced Public administration and Race: International Experiences Alketa Peci, Andre Dantas Cabral, Eunji Lee, Vanessa Brulon Soares 8. Race and Public Administration: Concluding Thoughts Kenneth J. Meier and Amanda Rutherford


    Amanda Rutherford is an Assistant Professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, USA. Her research focuses on organizational accountability and performance, inequality between majority and minority groups, and executive careers and decision-making processes and is often situated in the context of U.S. education. Her work has appeared in leading journals in the fields of political science, public administration, and higher education. In her spare time, Amanda swaps stories with her husband, Jeff (an administrator), plays in the part with her daughter, Kendall, and generally tries to keep Ken Meier sane.


    Kenneth J. Meier is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Department of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University, Washington DC, USA. His research considers institutional theories of organizations and politics and spans areas of representation and equity, comparative public administration, education, health care, and local government. Ken has published over 20 books and over 250 articles and has served as the editor of four journals in the fields of political science and public administration. Ken enjoys a good Cajun dish, watching NCAA track and field championships, and, above all, time with his wonderful wife, Diane.

    This is an exceptional book that addresses issues of race and ethnicity in public administration from a wide range of topical areas, from education to housing. Each chapter is well-written and first-rate. As the issues relate to every facet of public administration, the book should be required reading for all students in the field as well as for practitioners.  Norma Riccucci, Rutgers Newark University, USA

    Rutherford and Meier have collected an exceptional group of established and emerging scholars to tackle a thorny but often ignored issue that is vital to our politics and governance. Each chapter speaks to scholars and practitioners by relying on theory and empirical evidence to explore governance issues around race, representation, and inequality. The volume should be used as a core text for Public Administration courses and would be a nice addition to race and politics courses. Don Haider-Markel, University of Kansas, USA

    Rutherford and Meier have assembled a superb cast of scholars to reflect on the importance of race and racism in public administration. The volume offers an accessible introduction to the main currents of research in this area and marks a significant step forward in efforts to understand and address racial injustices in the administrative state. Highly recommended for students as well as advanced scholars.  Joe Soss, University of Minnesota, USA