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Aberbach, Joel

Visiting Fellows in Social Sciences

Research field

The consequences of the growth of the administrative state. He studies the elite of the executive branch -- senior civil servants and presidential appointees -- and their relationships with other actors in the political system.

Profile

Much of Professor Aberbach's research focuses on the consequences of the growth of the administrative state. He studies the elite of the executive branch -- senior civil servants and presidential appointees -- and their relationships with other actors in the political system.

In 1990, Prof. Aberbach published a project on congressional review of the actions of federal agencies and of the programs and policies they administer. The study examines how and why congressional committees decide what they should oversee, the ways in which their examinations are carried out, and the impact of congressional oversight on agency behavior. Professor Aberbach's work in this area has led to consulting stints with the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government, the Program Evaluation and Methodology Group of the General Accounting Office, and the Commission on the Operation of the Senate.

Prof. Aberbach has now completed a study of changes in the attitudes, values and behavior of top-level federal executives -- a project he began with a colleague in the late 1960s. They examine interview data collected during three presidential administrations (Nixon, Reagan and Bush). They are particularly interest in problems of bureaucratic responsiveness to appointed officials and in the role that career civil servants play in the policy process. The study has been published by the Brookings Institution under the title In the Web of Politics.

Professor Aberbach is the Director of  the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, UCLA.

 

Selected Publications

  • Aberbach, J.D., R.D. Putnam and B. Rockman. Bureaucrats and Politicians in Western Democracies. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981.
  • Aberbach, J.D. Keeping a Watchful Eye: The Politics of Congressional Oversight. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 1990.
  • Aberbach, J.D. and B. Rockman. In the Web of Politics: Three Decades of the U.S. Federal Executive. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 2000.
From: May 28, 2005 To: Jun 08, 2005

Structure Center for American Politics and Public Policy (Professor)

UCLA

Los Angeles,  USA

Unibo reference

Prof. Giorgio Freddi

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna