Gender and the Public Sector: Professionals and Managerial Change

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- contracting and new forms of management accounting are not alternative ways of defining professional work as such (Osborne 1993). However, in connection to our case - changes that indirectly frame professional work, as techniques of economic control, are both perceived as less obvious threats to, and fairly compatible with, the medical frame. Thus, it is hard to contradict cost accounting by mobilising the care or medical frame. But, as our case demonstrates, acceptance of an economic frame can still produce outcomes neither expected nor desired by any of the stakeholders involved.


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According to neo-institutional research, rationalised environments in the shape of wider instrumental beliefs and practices constitute organisations as social entities. Instead of the realist-materialist conception that views organisations as adaptive to environmental threats and opportunities, the neo-institutional theory claims that organisations are embedded in complex cultural schemes and rationalised patterns that influence their practices. This is illustrated in the so-called structural isomorphism whereby similar organisational forms are spread throughout the organisational populations (Meyer and Rowan 1977/1991; Tolbert and Zucker 1983; Boli 1987; Jeppersen and Meyer 1991; Meyer 1994; Thornton 1995).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements xvi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - Contexts and Networks 13
  • 1 - New Labour, Governance and the Politics of Diversity 15
  • Notes 25
  • 2 - Gendered States, Critical Engagements 27
  • 3 - Managing Transformation? 44
  • 4 - Gender, Welfare Regimes and the Medical Profession in France and Greece 65
  • Notes 80
  • Part II - Managing Professional Work 83
  • 5 - Identifying the Professional 'Man'Ager 85
  • 6 - Women's Positioning in a Bureaucratic Environment 104
  • 7 - Plural Frames of Work in Public Sector Organisations 120
  • Note 133
  • 8 - On the Front Line 136
  • 9 - Hard Nosed or Pink and Fluffy? 154
  • References 168
  • 10 - Ministering Angels and the Virtuous Profession 170
  • References 184
  • Part III - Identity and Biography 187
  • 11 - Gendered Narratives of the Management of Residential Care Homes 189
  • 12 - The Problematic Professional 205
  • References 216
  • Index 218
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