Representative Bureaucracy

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Samuel Krislov is a Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Minnesota. He received his B.A. and M.A from New York University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He was born on October 5, 1929 in Cleveland, OH.
Despite the fact that he has published on regulation, process, and administrative law, Samuel Krislov is known primarily in the field of public administration for his application of the concept of “representative bureaucracy” (1974) to special problems of race and ethnicity as key social problems. He borrowed the term from J. Donald Kingsley.
Samuel Krislov explored the issues of merit systems, personnel selection, and social equity. He argued that a more appropriate basis of comparison is race, ethnicity and sex. These factors are assumed to be a key source of socialization, and thus of values. A large portion of experimental research on representative bureaucracy in the United States is devoted to examining the extent to which bureaucracy reflects the basic demographic
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These not only reflect a particular view on the role of the state and the relation between the state and citizens, they also deviate in the motives for making the bureaucracy representative. Even the formation of what representation means can be totally different. Modern diversity management approaches alone may not contribute to nation building because these mainly emphasize organizational performance. Approaches to representative bureaucracy in nation building must also be built on moral arguments and underline the exemplary role of the state. In addition, the political possibility of managerial and moral approaches needs to be taken into account through acknowledging political realities and existing distributions of power in
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