Professor Buchanan's specialties include the presidency, American politics, American national institutions, and 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 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 the effectiveness and the democratic status of the institution. These concerns are 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). His latest book, Presidential Power and Accountability, will be published by Routledge in 2012. A chapter from that book entitled "Presidential Accountability for Wars of choice" is available here. Buchanan is currently researching and writing a book on how Americans judge presidents.