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Representative bureaucracy: A cross-national analysis of gender (1996-2004)

Moloney, K.ORCID: 0000-0002-2024-3339 (2007) Representative bureaucracy: A cross-national analysis of gender (1996-2004). In: Leading the Future of the Public Sector: The Third Transatlantic Dialogue, 31 May - 2 June 2007, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA.



To the best of my knowledge, this is the first paper of its kind to analyze the gender representativeness of bureaucrats cross-nationally. It discusses the dearth of comparative representative bureaucracy literature and places this paper within the context of American scholarly literature on representative bureaucracy. After commenting on the disconnect between these literatures and the broad-based international developing literature, it uses panel-corrected time series data in attempt to narrow these scholarly divisions through representative bureaucracy research. My analysis finds that higher levels of income per capita are statistically significant predictors of the percentage of female civil servants at the central government and sub-national levels while greater fiscal decentralization and the percentage of female parliamentarians are also statistically significant predictors at the central government level. It concludes by noting that the commonality discovered across countries of women serving more frequently at the sub-national than central government levels requires further investigation.

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