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Daria Goryacheva & Anna Sanina (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Value orientations of Women Local Administrators in Russia

This paper analyses the value aspects of role of women in public administration and local government in Russia. We used the paradigm of post-modernism to show that gender inequality and political values are interrelated. From the one hand, the state authority biased gender inequality exists, which can lead to poor governance. On the other hand, features of valuable orientations of women do not allow them to occupy high positions in state and local government. We use a questionnaire in order to identify the gender dimension of value orientations of civil servants, which is based on the theory of J. Nalbandian (2008) of the division values of civil servants on the political and administrative values. Central to this issue is the question of how value orientations differ from man to women and how do they hinder or help progress womens equality in local government.

A questionnaire survey was conducted among municipal officials of the two districts of St. Petersburg. The analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed that there is a meaningful impact of factors the professional position and gender to the degree of adherence to certain values. Women consisting in the municipal service, to greater extent inherent administrative value orientations. Men in their work are guided by not only administrative, but also political value orientations. The differences in the value orientations of civil servants of women and men underscore the importance of the participation of both sexes at all levels of public authorities. This difference is to take into account during the process of sharing the responsibility between men and women to improve certain aspects of society. To improve the efficiency of public administration in general, it requires alignment in the ratio of men and women in public authorities, which can be achieved through the neutral gender quota.