Representative Bureaucracy, Ethnicity, and Public Schools: Examining the Link between Representation and Performance

Posted: 30 Mar 2006

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

Demographic changes in the United States have led to challenges for public organizations that are tasked to serve shifting target populations. Many arguments exist for including greater numbers of ethnic minorities among an organization's personnel, under the guise that greater ethnic representation will result in greater competitiveness in the market or effectiveness in governance. This paper tests this proposition empirically, using data from the public education policy setting. Results show that representativeness along ethnic lines leads to gains for the organization as a whole, but some segments of the target population appear to respond more positively to representativeness than others.

Suggested Citation

Pitts, David W, Representative Bureaucracy, Ethnicity, and Public Schools: Examining the Link between Representation and Performance (October 2005). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 06-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=893828

David W Pitts (Contact Author)

American University ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Ward 334
Washington, DC 20016
United States

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