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Joel Aberbach

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Management and Governance, Organization and Alignment

Joel D. Aberbach is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is the author or co-author of Keeping a Watchful Eye: The Politics of Congressional Oversight (Brookings, 1990), In the Web of Politics: Three Decades of the U.S. Federal Executive (Brookings, 2000), Bureaucrats and Politicians in Western Democracies (Harvard, 1981) and Race in the City (Little, Brown, 1973). He served as Co-Chair of the Commission on the Executive Branch convened by the Annenberg Foundation Trust’s Institutions of American Democracy Project. A volume from this project, Institutions of American Democracy: The Executive Branch (Oxford University Press, 2005), edited by Aberbach and Mark A. Peterson, won the 2006 Neustadt Award for the best reference work on the American presidency. In 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He has also been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the University of Bologna’s Institute of Advanced Studies and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. In 2006-07 he was the John G. Winant Professor of American Government at Oxford University and a Fellow of Balliol College, and in spring 2011 he was Politics Visitor at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 2013 he became a Distinguished Fellow of Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute. His two most recent books examine American Conservatism. The first, edited with Gillian Peele, is Crisis of Conservatism?: The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement and American Politics after Bush (Oxford University Press, 2011) and his most recent book is Understanding Contemporary American Conservatism (Routledge, 2017). His latest project is a conference volume co-edited with a team of scholars on the Changing Character of the American Right.