Revealing the feminist in Mary Parker Follett

Noel O.R. Morton, Stefanie A. Lindquist

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In this article, the authors interpret the work of Mary Parker Follett. a well-known but underappreciated theorist of public administration. In a formal philosophical analysis organized around the traditional categories of ontology, epistemology, and ethics, they relate contemporary feminist theory to Follett's life experiences and writings, particularly those an demoratic and organization theory. Besides making a case for the interpretation of Follett as a feminist thinker, the authors also relate her work to contemporary trends in theories of public administration and management. Finally, they argue that in addition to being a precursor to these trends. Follett's work may help scholars of public administration build a coherent theoretical foundation for public administration in general, a foundation that may find a strong theoretical link to contemporary feminism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-371
Number of pages24
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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