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Welcome to the Presidents & Executive Politics (PEP) Section!

The Presidents & Executive Politics (PEP) section of the APSA is the premier association of scholars devoted to the study of the presidency and executive politics, broadly conceived.  Our section encompasses research on from anyone who works to illuminate executive politics at any level of government and from any part of the world.  Our membership reflects the diversity of the discipline of Political Science, but also encourages membership and activity across the academic spectrum.  This includes those whose intellectual interests include not just the American presidency (though that is still a large focus of many of our members), but also comparative executives, governors, bureaucracies, mayors, and so forth.

We are an eclectic group, and employ diverse methodological and theoretical perspectives, and use a variety of data sources.  We welcome scholars who hail from other (sub)fields across political science, and even those from other academic disciplines, including but not limited to economics, history, and psychology.  PEP values the establishment and enhancement of non-partisan links between rigorous scholarship, the real world of presidential and executive politics, and public policy.  We hope that you become an active member of this section’s community by using, and contributing to, the resources of this site. Welcome!

Daniel E. Ponder, PEP President, 2019-2020