Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies (Second Edition)

The Sourcebook examines the diverse characteristics of the departments, agencies, and other organizational entities that comprise the federal executive establishment and catalogues a comprehensive set of characteristics for each entity, including structure (e.g., commission or single-head agency, internal organization), personnel (e.g., number and types of appointed positions, limitations on removal), decision-making processes and requirements, political oversight, and sources of funding. The second edition revises and supplements the first edition and accounts for developments since its initial publication by, among other things, expanding coverage of the Sourcebook by identifying bureaus within agencies, accounting for ongoing constitutional debates about agency structure, and addressing the renewed importance of “government-wide legal mandates” in the administrative state.

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Published: Administrative Conference of the United States, December 2018

Jennifer L. Selin is a Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy and Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Missouri. She is a coauthor, also with Prof. David Lewis, of the first edition of the Administrative Conference of the United States’ Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies.

David E. Lewis’ is Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of two books, Presidents and the Politics of Agency Design (Stanford University Press, 2003) and The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance (Princeton University Press, 2008), and serves on the editorial boards of Presidential Studies Quarterly and Public Administration.