The Rise of At-Will Employment and Racial Inequality in the Public Sector

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Abstract

This article assesses several likely consequences of moving from a traditional tenure to an at-will system of employment for patterns of racial inequality in the public sector. On the basis of these consequences, it is argued that an at-will system may negate the long-standing status of the public arena as the labor market niche for African Americans. The broad discretion of employers may increase susceptibility of African Americans to discrimination-induced job dismissals. In addition, employment at will may reduce the social-psychological benefits traditionally associated with government employment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-187
Number of pages10
JournalReview of Public Personnel Administration
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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Keywords

  • employment
  • inequality
  • public sector
  • race

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  • Public Administration
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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The Rise of At-Will Employment and Racial Inequality in the Public Sector. / Wilson, George.

In: Review of Public Personnel Administration, Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.01.2006, p. 178-187.

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