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Race and Public Administration

1st Edition

Edited by Amanda Rutherford, Kenneth J. Meier


224 pages

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Hardback: 9780367896713
pub: 2020-03-19
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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.

Race in Public Administration 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 linkage 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.


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 edition 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

About the Editors

Amanda Rutherford is an Assistant Professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Her research focuses on organizational accountability and performance, inequality across 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. 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. His research considers institutions 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration