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Springer Studies in Work and Industry

The Bureaucratic Labor Market

The Case of the Federal Civil Service

Authors: DiPrete, Thomas A.

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A description of the jobs in a labor force, an "occupational" description of it, is an abstraction for describing the flow of concrete work that goes through one or more employing organizations; the flow of work proba­ bly changes at a higher speed than the system for abstracting a descrip­ tion of its occupations and jobs. A career system is an abstraction for describing the flow of workers through a system of occupations or jobs, and thus is doubly removed from the flow of work. The federal civil service, however, ties many of the incentives and much of the authority to the flow of work through the abstractions of its career system, and still more of them through its system of job descriptions. The same dependence of the connection between reward and performance on abstractions about jobs and careers characterizes most white-collar work in large organizations. The system of abstractions from the flow of work of the federal civil service, described here by Thomas A. DiPrete, is an institution, a set of valued social practices created in a long and complex historical process. The system is widely imitated, especially in American state and local governments, but also in the white-collar parts of many large private corporations and nonprofit organizations and to some degree by gov­ ernments abroad. DiPrete has done us a great service in studying the historical origins of this system of abstractions, especially of the career abstractions.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Structural Explanations for Inequality and Mobility in Bureaucratized Organizations

    DiPrete, Thomas A.

    Pages 1-28

  • The Hierarchy of White-Collar Work

    DiPrete, Thomas A.

    Pages 31-45

  • The Clerical—Administrative Boundary

    DiPrete, Thomas A.

    Pages 47-69

  • Early Personnel Management in the Federal Civil Service

    DiPrete, Thomas A.

    Pages 73-92

  • Progressivism and Public Personnel Administration

    DiPrete, Thomas A.

    Pages 93-118

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Bureaucratic Labor Market
Book Subtitle
The Case of the Federal Civil Service
Authors
Series Title
Springer Studies in Work and Industry
Copyright
1989
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-0849-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-0849-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-43184-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-0851-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 342
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