Gender and public service: a case study of Mumbai

Trudie Honour (Organization Studies Research Group, University of East London, East London Business School, Dagenham, Essex, UK)
Jim Barry (Organization Studies Research Group, University of East London, East London Business School, Dagenham, Essex, UK)
Sneha Palnitkar (All India Institute of Local Self‐Government, Anderi, Mumbai, India)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Publication date: 1 April 1998

Abstract

This paper considers the role of gender in urban governance, taking Mumbai (formerly Bombay) in India as case study. Findings are presented from a research programme involving both female and male politicians and administrators in order to explore the ways in which women and men undertake the duties of public office. In attempting to take account of the historical traditions of Indian local governance, in the current post‐colonial context, characterized not simply by difference, division and hierarchy but also by tolerance, diversity, locality and collective values, it is argued: first that women are held in high regard, seen as competent, fair and flexible in their dealings with others; and second that women’s increasing presence may be bringing enhanced levels of respectability to local governance.

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Honour, T., Barry, J. and Palnitkar, S. (1998), "Gender and public service: a case study of Mumbai", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 11 No. 2/3, pp. 188-200. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513559810216555

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MCB UP Ltd

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