Handbook on gender and public sector employment / edited by Hazel Conley (Professor of Human Resource Management, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK) and Paula Koskinen Sandberg (Assistant Professor in Organizational Communication, Aalto University School of Business, Department of Management Studies, Finland).

1st ed.
Northampton : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023.
1 online resource (384 pages).


International handbooks on gender. [More in this series]
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"This incisive Handbook offers a timely and critical analysis of the gendered nature of public sector employment. Bringing together key theoretical, conceptual, and empirical research from around the world, Hazel Conley and Paula Koskinen Sandberg examine the ways in which female public sector workers experience intersectional discrimination in the workplace. Covering key sites of employment for women across the globe, the Handbook considers a comprehensive range of gendered public sector occupations. Chapters investigate how women's employment in public services is influenced by complex political and economic tensions, exploring core issues such as the relationship between gender, ethnicity, occupational segregation and work-life balance, flexible working, and workplace bullying; gendered pay and pension inequality; the sources of feminist activism in public sector employment; and the impact of the pandemic on feminised public sector occupations. Ultimately, the Handbook highlights that while change is possible, it will require a radical rethinking of how public services are valued and funded in society. Providing cutting-edge analysis and empirical data on gender and public sector employment, this Handbook will be an essential resource for academics and researchers interested in the role of the State as Employer. Its thought-provoking yet accessible insights into gendered employment will further benefit students of social policy, gender politics, employment relations, and the sociology of work"-- Provided by publisher.
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  • Contents: 1. Introduction to the handbook on gender and public sector employment / Hazel Conley and Paula Koskinen Sandberg
  • Part I. Gender and the neo-liberal state as employer
  • 2. The state as employer (and regulator) of care services in Germany / Karin Gottschall and Ruth Abramowski
  • 3. Real utopias at work. Conflicts and dreams among nurses in the public sector / Paula Mulinari and Rebecca Selberg
  • 4. Tensions between welfare services and competitiveness: Public sector wages in competitive corporatism and the social democratic gender regime / Miikaeli Kyla-Laaso
  • 5. The role of the state in promoting gender equality in public transport employment: Evidence from the global south / Tessa Wright
  • 6. Gender, class and the meritocratic ideal. The case of the life sciences in Italian academia / Camilla Gaiaschi
  • 7. Gendered employment in public universities: The influence of neo-liberal reforms and union policies in the case of iceland / Thorgerdur Einarsdottir and Finnborg S. Steinflorsdottir
  • Part II. Gender and working conditions in the public sector
  • 8. Overcoming 'administrative man'? Redoing gender in australian public services / Sue Williamson and Linda Colley
  • 9. Empowering or depleting women's work? Public sector reform and small-scale entrepreneurship in Swedish eldercare / Helene Brodin and Elin Peterson
  • 10. The dynamics influencing women to become teachers in the public sector of pakistan / Mahwish Khan
  • 11. Lean management and hybrid masculinization - a case study from the Finnish healthcare / Timo Aho and Laura Mankki
  • 12. Gender differences among city managers in the United States / Beth M. Rauhaus, Kathryn E. Webb Farley and Robert D. Eskridge
  • 13. The brass cliff? Women police chiefs and police reform / Cara E. Rabe-Hemp, Amie M. Schuck and John C. Navarro
  • Part III. Women's pay, reward and pensions in the public sector
  • 14. Evidencing women's progress in aotearoa new zealand's public service / Jane Parker, Noelle Donnelly, Janet Sayers, Amanda Young-Hauser, Patricia Loga, Selu Paea and Shirley Barnett
  • 15. The devil is in the detail: How neoliberal design limited the successful impact of pay equity policy in new zealand / Katherine Ravenswood
  • 16. Regulating women's pay in Finland and the uk - the role of the public sector / Hazel Conley and Paula Koskinen Sandberg
  • 17. Limits of accountability: Gender pay audits in Swedish municipalities / Minna Salminen-Karlsson and Anna Fogelberg Eriksson
  • 18. Examining gender-based inequalities in us public sector administrative positions over time / Valerie H Hunt, Larra Rucker, Melissa A Taylor and Brinck Kerr
  • Part IV. Women's representation and voice in the public sector
  • 19. Trade union campaigns for early childcare and school secretarial work in Ireland / Pauline Cullen
  • 20. Representation and voice in two feminised health professions / Cecile Guillaume and Gill Kirton
  • 21. Rethinking exit and voice in the crisis of care - collective repertoires among welfare workers in Sweden / Anna Ryan Bengtsson
  • 22. The state monetary deficit is carried on women's backs barriers to union action in the neo-liberalised employment of teachers and social workers in Israel / Orly Benjamin
  • Part V. Gender, pandemic and public sector employment
  • 23. An exploration into black and asian healthcare workers in the United Kingdom's national health service being disproportionally affected by covid-19 / Beverley Brathwaite
  • 24. Underfunding of nursing education and the precarious employment conditions of nurses: An exploration of contributing factors, covid-19 pandemic implications, and structural solutions / Virginia Gunn, Michael Villeneuve, Patricia O'Campo and Carles Muntaner
  • 25. Examining the experiences of canadian women police during covid-19: A liminal space for cultural change / Debra Langan, Carrie Sanders and Danielle Thompson
  • 26. Public institutions and home-based teleworking in times of pandemic: A case study at the university of valencia / Isabel Pla-Julian
  • Index.
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