In this compelling book the author contends that social equity--specifically racial equity--is a nervous area of government. Over the course of history, this nervousness has stifled many individuals and organizations, thus leading to an inability to seriously advance the reduction of racial inequities in government. The author asserts that until this nervousness is effectively managed, public administration social equity efforts designed to reduce racial inequities cannot realize their full potential.
"[A] must read for all public servants, public administration professors, and graduate students… Race and Social Equity is destine to become a classic…" –American Review of Public Administration
"[W]ell-thought-out and expertly developed. For such a slim volume, the book has breadth and depth beyond its size…Gooden’s scholarship and exposition rivals the classics in the field of public administration. All students, as well as practitioners and professors, should read and discuss this book in detail." –Public Administration Review
"Gooden’s book is a major resource and a welcome addition to the literature on social equity. It is an original and a thought-provoking pioneering endeavor." –Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
"Race and Social Equity will convince many readers that all public administration scholars and practitioners should be more conscious of how [issues of race] may affect their daily work." –Administration & Society
"This book is especially useful for readers who are familiar with issues of race and diversity from media coverage or from workplace training, but lack deeper background knowledge of the conditions associated with race-related tensions in society. Whether or not people in every public affairs class and every public organization need to deal with the issue of race, Race and Social Equity will convince many readers that all public administration scholars and practitioners should be more conscious of how it may affect their daily work." –Richard C. Box, University of Nebraska