The Education Exchange: How Firefighters Pioneered Civil Service Protections

Origins go beyond muckraking municipal reformers

Photo of Sarah F. AnziaAn Associate Professor of Public Policy & Political Science at the University of California, Berkley, Sarah F. Anzia, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Anzia’s new research, which looks into how city employees were important drivers in the transformation of city governance from patronage to a civil-service system.

The Political Influence of City Employees: Civil Service Adoption in America,” co-written with Jessica Trounstine, is available now.

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