Samuel Krislov’s much-cited study of civil rights in the U.S. civil service at a time of tumultuous change and reexamination is Digitally Remastered. Praised widely on its initial publication in 1967, the book remains an important part of the canon of literature on African American history, labor and civil service, the political science of federal employment and bureaucratic representativeness, affirmative action, and flashpoint issues of race, discrimination, and accommodation—in short, the continuing quest for equal opportunity.
The modern Classics of the Social Sciences edition from Quid Pro adds a new, reflective preface by the author and a new foreword by Keith Boyum, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at California State University, Fullerton. As Boyum writes, the book remains not only a useful summary of a substantial body of scholarship, “but also also draws essential information from government reports and print media” during a time of “initiatives in the struggle for civil rights.” He advises: “Read the book for the historical scholarship, and expect to grasp major themes in an economical rendering.” It also has “continuing usefulness in the realm of intellectual history. At least two enduring strands of conceptual work were very usefully forwarded,” including representative bureaucracy and the concept of merit. “Krislov offers a still-useful primer. And in doing so, the analysis in this volume appears to anticipate the battles over affirmative action, and more broadly over who gets what, when, and how in contests featuring groups identified by race or national origin.”
Finally, Boyum suggests that new readers will “recapture the sense of the times when the civil rights movement was near the top of the national agenda, and seemed unambiguously the right course of action. Yet read the book also to derive a sense of how a strong political science analysis can anticipate future policy developments”—including bias in public employment based on gender and disability, even age and pregnancy status. “In all, this is a slim yet significant book, open to a fresh appreciation.”
The book does more than collect data and note trends—it provides a much-recognized intellectual frame to the issues of merit, equality, and representativeness that raw data does not convey. It provides an enduring foundation to these important issues, now available in new paperback format and accompanying ebook editions to reach a new generation of readers. Both editions have an extra feature usually missing in such republications: the pagination of the original print edition is embedded into the text, for continuity and ease of citation, reference, and classroom assignment across print and digital platforms.
Also available in eBook editions:
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At Google Play.
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About the Author
Samuel Krislov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Law at the University of Minnesota. His study Representative Bureaucracy is also available new from Quid Pro.
ISBN 978-1-61027-153-0 (pbk.)
ISBN 978-1-61027-154-7 (eBook)
Page count (pbk.): 158 pp.