“A Nervous Area of Government”: A Serious Impediment to Our Realization of Democracy

Published date01 November 2014
Date01 November 2014
AuthorElizabeth S. Overman
808 Public Administration Review • November | December 2014
Elizabeth S. Overman is associate
professor at the University of Central
Oklahoma, where she was the 2014
university-wide recipient of the faculty
adjudged award for service to the
university and the community. Her
research and teaching interests include
equity, globalization, program evaluation,
nonprof‌i t management, and sustainable
economic development.
E-mail: eoverman@uco.edu
and public policy in the L. Douglas Wilder School of
Government and Public Af‌f airs, and executive direc-
tor of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institution at
Virginia Commonwealth University. In this book, she
identif‌i es a distinctly enduring imbalance in American
society that is widely known but, until this tome
was published, seemed so intractable as to defy any
solution short of a total social overhaul. As one of my
graduate students candidly stated, “We all know about
the problems of race. We talk about them all the time
at home, but never in the workplace.” Unfortunately,
Susan T. Gooden, Race and Social Equity: A
Nervous Area of Government (Armonk, NY:
M. E. Sharpe, 2014). 213 pp. $74.95 (cloth),
ISBN: 9780765631785; $34.95 (paper),
ISBN: 9780765637185; eBook ($22.95),
ISBN: 9780765637222.
Susan T. Gooden, author of Race and Social
Equity: A Nervous Area of Government, is a
fellow of the National Academy of Public
Administration, professor of public administration
A Nervous Area of Government”: A Serious Impediment
to Our Realization of Democracy
Sonia M. Ospina and Rogan Kersh, Editors
Elizabeth S. Overman
University of Central Oklahoma

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