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Getting to the Helm: Women in Leadership in Federal Regulation

Amy Smith ()

Public Organization Review, 2014, vol. 14, issue 4, 477-496

Abstract: Why is it important for women to hold leadership positions in organizations? If it is important for women to hold leadership positions in organizations, how do women get into such positions? Both public administration research and organizational research provide answers to these questions. However, the integration of these two bodies of literature remains limited. This study joins public administration scholarship on representative bureaucracy and management scholarship on women in leadership to hypothesize and test institutional, organizational, and political explanations for women’s attainment of leadership positions together in one model. This study examines how women get into upper-level leadership positions in 12 federal regulatory organizations over more than 20 years of time. Findings suggests that women are more likely to gain access to leadership positions when the dominant political ideology is democratic and in agencies that work in feminine policy contexts, are younger, and where the risk of failure is higher. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Keywords: Gender; Representative bureaucracy; Women in leadership; Government regulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1007/s11115-013-0240-0

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