Managing in the “Golden Cage” An Ethnographic Study of Work, Management and Gender in Parliamentary Administration

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Title: Managing in the “Golden Cage” An Ethnographic Study of Work, Management and Gender in Parliamentary Administration
Author: Niemi, Hertta
Contributor: Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Management and Organisation
Thesis level: Doctoral thesis
Belongs to series: Economics and Society - 218
ISSN: 0424-7256
ISBN: 978 952-232-103-9
Abstract: Parliaments are political institutions, but they are also places where people work; the MPs and the people who are employed there work, albeit in rather different ways. In this research the focus is on those in a Parliament who work there as employees and managers, and thereby, in some senses, run the organisation. Accordingly, this involves seeing the Parliament as a working environment, for MPs and employees, for men and women. The institution of Parliament is thus here examined by looking at it from a different and new angle. Instead of the usual focus on politicians the focus is on the administration of this institution. The aim is, amongst other things, to increase knowledge and offer different perspectives on democracy and democratic institutions. Unpacking the nearly mythical institution into smaller, more digestible, graspable realities should at the very least help to remind the wider society that although nations, to a certain extent, do need national institutions they should not become mystified or seen as larger than life. Institutions should work on behalf of people and thus be accountable to these same people. The main contribution of this work is to explore and problematise how managing and working is done inside an institution that both largely fulfils the characteristics of a bureaucracy and yet also has added special features that seem to be rather far removed from clear bureaucratic structures. This research offers a new kind of information on working life inside this elite institution. The joys and the struggles of working and managing in this particular public sector organisation are illustrated here and offer a view, a glimpse, into the experiences of managing and working in this House.
URN:ISBN:978 952-232-103-9
Date: 2010-11-10
Subject: administration
political institutions
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