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

The Presidents & Executive Politics (PEP) section of the APSA gathers together scholars devoted to the study of the presidency and executive politics.  Our membership reflects the substantive and methodological diversity of the political science discipline and encourages intellectual activity across the academic spectrum.  Our section welcomes research to illuminate executive politics at any level of government and in any part of the world, including scholarship on the American presidency and also comparative executives, governors, bureaucracies, mayors, and other executives.

Our eclectic group of scholars employs diverse methodological and theoretical perspectives and from a variety of data sources.  We include scholars from other subfields in political science as well as scholars from other academic disciplines, including economics, history, and psychology.  Above all, PEP values the development and advancement of non-partisan connections between rigorous scholarship and executive politics in practice.  We hope you will become an active member of this section’s community by using – and contributing to – the resources of this website. Welcome!

Brandon Rottinghaus, PEP President, 2021-2022