Femocratic Administration: Gender, Governance, and Democracy in Ontario

By Tammy Findlay

© 2015

Femocratic Administration examines the gendered nature of public administration through a study of the Ontario Women’s Directorate (OWD) between 1985 and 2000. Analysing the OWD from the perspective of feminist political economy, this book combines a detailed case study with a theoretical framework that reconceptualizes the meanings of state feminism, representation, and democracy.

Using interviews and archival materials, Tammy Findlay argues that the feminist bureaucrats (or “femocrats,” as they are sometimes known) of the OWD were marginalized even before the rise of neoliberal governance and New Public Management of the 1990s. Achieving substantive democracy for Ontario’s women, she contends, requires more than just institutional reforms – it demands “femocratic administration” that transforms the entire public service and its relationship with citizens.

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  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.1in x 9.3in
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Femocratic Administration examines the gendered nature of public administration through a study of the Ontario Women’s Directorate (OWD) between 1985 and 2000.

Femocratic Administration: Gender, Governance, and Democracy in Ontario

By Tammy Findlay

© 2015

Femocratic Administration examines the gendered nature of public administration through a study of the Ontario Women’s Directorate (OWD) between 1985 and 2000. Analysing the OWD from the perspective of feminist political economy, this book combines a detailed case study with a theoretical framework that reconceptualizes the meanings of state feminism, representation, and democracy.

Using interviews and archival materials, Tammy Findlay argues that the feminist bureaucrats (or “femocrats,” as they are sometimes known) of the OWD were marginalized even before the rise of neoliberal governance and New Public Management of the 1990s. Achieving substantive democracy for Ontario’s women, she contends, requires more than just institutional reforms – it demands “femocratic administration” that transforms the entire public service and its relationship with citizens.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.1in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    “Findlay pushes us to think hard about the state of democratic governance in Ontario and Canada. Femocratic Administration is a serious advance in our understanding of public administration, political science, feminism, and the role of institutions in creating conditions for healthy, democratic state-society relations.”
    Joan Grace, Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg

    Femocratic Administration links feminist scholarship, state theory, and public administration in an important critique of conventional approaches to public administration and governance.”
    Byron Sheldrick, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph
  • Author Information

    Tammy Findlay is an associate professor in the Department of Political and Canadian Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Gender, Governance, and Democracy in Ontario

    1: A Feminist Political Economy of Representation

    2: Gender Regimes of Public Administration

    3: Experiments with State Feminism in the Weberian Gender Regime

    4: Gendered Governance and the New Public Management Regime

    Conclusion: Building a Femocratic Administration

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