The Executive Branch, edited by Joel D. Aberbach and Mark W. Peterson, has been named the best reference book on the presidency published in 2005 by the American Political Science Association.
The book is part of the Institutions of American Democracy series, a joint project of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Oxford University Press, which is publishing the series. Other titles in the series include: The Public Schools, The Press, The Legislative Branch, and The Judicial Branch.
Among the issues examined in The Executive Branch are the power of the presidency, oversight of the bureaucracy, campaign resources, the validity of the Electoral College, and whether the executive branch is in need of reform. Contributing essays to the book were some of the nation’s best political scientists and public policy scholars.
Aberbach is director of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at the University of California at Los Angeles, and Peterson is a professor of public policy and political science at UCLA.