Power in Editorial Positions: A Feminist Critique of Public Administration

Mary Feeney, Lisa Carson, Helen Dickinson

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Journal editors serve a vital, powerful role in academic fields. They set research priorities, serve as gatekeepers for research, play a critical role in advancing junior scholars as reviewers and eventually into editorial roles, build extensive networks, and gain valuable insight into the behavior and preferences of reviewers and scholars. This article analyzes data collected from leading public administration journals in 2017 to investigate the role of women as gatekeepers of public administration knowledge. The data illustrate a clear underrepresentation of women on editorial boards. Drawing from these data, research on journal editorships, and feminist theory, the authors present a critique of the current state of public administration research and a discussion of a way forward. They conclude with a proposal for how all public administration scholars (junior, senior, men, and women), journal leadership, and academic departments can move toward increasing women's representation in these important positions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-55
Number of pages10
JournalPublic administration review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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