Women and Public Administration in a Comparative Perspective: The Case of Representation in Brazilian Local Governments

Kenneth J. Meier, Kendall D. Funk

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This article explores two questions related to whether passive representation leads to active representation using Brazilian municipal data: Does electing women to public office increase the proportion of women in public administration? Does the representation of women in elected office and public administration lead to better representation of women’s interests? Results suggest that women elected leaders increase the probability that women will be appointed to head public agencies, and through these agency heads they indirectly affect representation in other administrative positions. In addition, women elected officials and public administrators are also associated with the adoption of more women-friendly policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-142
Number of pages22
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes



  • gender
  • Latin America
  • local government
  • representation
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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