Buckley has long been an active member of the civil, business and academic communities. The author of eight books, most notably Accounting: An Information Systems Approach, Buckley is credited with applying the methodology of information systems to the field of accounting. He is a frequent contributor to professional journals in accounting and information systems, and is active as a speaker at conferences in this area. Since his appointment in 1964, he has served in various administrative capacities at UCLA Anderson, including acting dean in 1977-78. His expertise in accounting policy landed him several positions of note in the field, including: chairman, American Accounting Association Committee on International Accounting Standards, 1982-1983; Arthur Young Council, 1980-present; chairman, American Accounting Association Committee on Social Consequences of Accounting Information. Among his civic appointments were: Malibu Township Council, 1980-1983; Mayor Bradley's Task Force on Relations with Africa, 1978; educational coordinator, President's Executive Interchange Program, Washington, D.C.; member, advisory committee, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1962-1964; manager, finance and operations, Pacific Science Center, 1962-1964; fiscal consultant, U.S. Commission, New York World's Fair, 1962-1963.