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Bert A. Rockman

Bert A. Rockman

Professor Emeritus // Political Science
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Ph.D. University of Michigan
M.A. University of Michigan
A.B. University of Pittsburgh



American Politics
Public Policy
Comparative Politics


Professor Rockman's fields of work are bureaucracy and political leadership, especially the US Presidency, and political institutions. He is a member the National Academy of Public Administration, a past President of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section on the US Presidency and also of the Midwest Caucus for Public Administration. He is a recipient of the Herbert A Simon Award for contributions to the scientific study of bureaucracy, the Richard E. Neustadt Award for best book on the US Presidency and the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for best paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. He has been an editor of Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions.

His current work emphasizes relationship between leadership and institutions and also the politics and complexities of health care policy.

Selected Publications

The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions, co-editor (with R.A.W. Rhodes and Sarah Binder) Oxford University Press, 2005.

Presidential Leadership: The Vortex of Power, co-editor (with Richard W. Waterman) and contributor. Roxbury, 2005.

The George W. Bush Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects, co-editor (with Colin Campbell) and contributor. (Washington: CQ Press, 2003).