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Bruce Buchanan

ProfessorPh.D., Yale University

Professor of Government
Bruce Buchanan



Presidential and American politics, American institutions, public policy and political behavior


federal public policy. He is a presidential scholar and a political analyst whose commentary on the presidency and American politics appears in national and international print and broadcast news media. He served as the director of research for the Markle Foundation studies of the 1988, 1992, and 1996 presidential elections. His presidency research is concerned with how to make the institution both more effective and more democratic. This concern is reflected in each of his books, which include "The Presidential Experience" (Prentice- Hall, 1978), "The Citizen's Presidency" (Congressional Quarterly, 1987), "Electing A President" (Texas, 1991), "Renewing Presidential Politics" (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996), "The State of the Presidency" (ed. LBJ School/Library 2002), "Presidential Campaign Quality" (Prentice- Hall, 2004) and "The Policy Partnership" (Routledge, 2004). He is currently conducting research on how Americans judge presidents, and is writing a book on presidential accountability. A chapter from that book entitled "Presidential Accountability for Wars of Choice," is available here.

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