Section Bylaws

Presidents & Executive Politics – Section Bylaws

*Denotes Bylaws Revision Approved at the 2019 Section Business Meeting.









Section 1.  Members of the Division

Members of the division shall consist of all persons with an interest in researching political executives who indicate a desire to be members and who pay annual dues.

Section 2.  Meetings of Members

Annual meetings of the division will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.  Announcements of annual meetings will be included in the printed program of the Association.

Section 3.  Annual Dues

Annual dues may be established at the annual meeting of the division.  The amount of dues shall be recommended by the Steering Committee and payable at the annual meeting through APSA on line.


Section 1.  Steering Committee

A Steering Committee shall be elected at the annual meeting of the division.  Each member shall serve for a three year term.  No more than four new members shall be selected each year.  The Steering Committee shall include the officers of the division. The previous president will serve on the committee for one year on the Committee as an ex officio member following the expiration of his/her term as president. The Steering Committee shall also include one seat elected from the division as a graduate student.  Once elected, graduation shall not disqualify the member from completing the three-year term.  The Steering Committee shall receive nominations from any division member for all elective offices, and shall recommend nominees, by majority vote through secret ballot, to the general membership for approval by majority vote.  Excluding service as an officer, Steering Committee members shall serve no more than two consecutive three-year terms, excepting that the Steering Committee may waive this rule by two-thirds vote.

Section 2.  Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall consist of the principal officers of the division:  President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Division Chair, the Web Czar, and the Editor of the newsletter.  The Executive Committee is empowered to act between annual meetings of the division.

Section 3: Election of Officers

Elected officers of the division shall serve for three years: one year as Secretary-Treasurer, one year as Vice President/ President Elect, and one year as President. No later than two months before the annual business meeting at APSA, the president shall solicit nominations and self-nominations from members of the Executive and Steering Committees for the position of Secretary-Treasurer. All nominations should include a brief statement in support of the nominee and must be submitted no later than two weeks before the annual business meeting. The President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer shall deliberate on the pool of nominees and seek agreement among themselves on the individual they will recommend at the Steering Committee and general business meeting. If at least one-third of Steering Committee members request it, the nominee will instead be chosen by a majority vote in a secret ballot. Nominee must be ratified by majority vote at the general business meeting.

Section 4: Duties of Officers


The President shall preside at the annual meeting, call meetings of the Executive Committee and the Steering Committee, be responsible for implementing and coordinating the programs of the Division, and serve as ex officio member, without vote, on all committees. The President appoints all members of award committees and other committees as needed. The President shall serve for one year.


The Vice-President is also President-Elect for the succeeding year, and shall serve for a one-year term. The Vice-President attends the annual breakfast hosted by APSA and reports back to the division.


One of the members of the division shall be elected at the annual meeting of the division to serve as Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain minutes of the meetings of the division be responsible for the funds of the division, and shall serve for a one-year term.

Division Chair

One of the members of the division shall be selected in accordance with APSA guidelines to serve as Division Chair.  That person shall organize and direct such programs as are approved at the annual meeting, and shall coordinate the development of panels for the official program of the APSA Annual Meeting.

Newsletter Editor*

One of the members of the division shall be elected at the annual meeting of the division to serve as editor of the newsletter.  That person shall serve a two-year term.

*Per Bylaws revisions adopted at the 2019 Business Meeting, the Newsletter Editor will no longer serve as an official section officer.

Web Czar*

One of the members of the division shall be selected by the President to serve as Web Czar. The duties of the Web czar include the coordination of maintenance of the division web page and APSA Connect; assisting the newsletter editor, and the general management of the division’s on line presence and communication.

*Per Bylaws revisions adopted at the 2019 Business Meeting, the “Web Czar” position has been replaced by a “Webmaster.”   Section Officers (President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer) will be responsible for online communication and updating social media channels through APSA Connect.


The division may establish special panels, workshops, symposia, or social gatherings at the Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association and at regional and other professional meetings. Coordination of these events shall be the responsibility of the President and Division Chair in consultation with members of the Executive and Steering Committees.


The division shall give such awards as it deems appropriate.  Awards committees shall be named by the President, subject to the approval of the Steering Committee.  Annual awards shall include the following:

Section 1:  The Richard E. Neustadt Award for the Best Authored Book on Executive Politics

The criteria for the Best Authored Book award shall include:  a) the book so honored must have theoretical significance, and b) the award committee shall consider the broadest number of perspectives as possible in considering nominees.  The book must also have a copyright date coinciding with the year of the award.  This date shall precede the year in which the award is presented.

Section 2:  The Neustadt Committee will also consider nominations when submitted for a separate, typically less frequent, Richard E. Neustadt Award for the Best Reference Work on the Presidency and Executive Politics published in the previous calendar year.

Section 3:  The Founders’ Award for Best Paper by a PhD Holding Scholar

A Founder’s Award, named in honor of the APSA members who formed the original Presidency Research Group (now Presidents & Executive Politics) in 1979 (Peri Arnold, Dom Bonafede, Thomas Cronin, George C. Edwards III, Fred Greenstein, Michael Grossman, Erwin Hargrove, Martha Joynt Kumar, David Naveh, Bert Rockman, Francis Rourke, Lester Seligman, Stephen Wayne, and James Young), shall be given annually for the best paper on the presidency/executives at the previous year’s APSA conference. In addition, a separate Founder’s Best Paper Award shall be presented to the best graduate student paper presented at either the national conference or one of the regional conferences.  The paper must have been presented in the academic year preceding the APSA in which the award is granted.  A different founder shall be recognized by name on an annual, rotating basis when each award is announced and presented.

Section 4:  A Legacy Award will be given to a living author for a book, essay, or article, published at least 10 years prior to the award year, that has made a continuing contribution to the intellectual development of the fields of presidency and executive politics. Letters of nomination should provide a rationale for the work receiving the award.

Section 5: Career Service Award

Every four years during a presidential election year, the division shall form a committee to give an award to recognize career service to the study of the presidency.  The committee shall be chaired by the division’s Vice President, and the criteria for the award shall be determined by the Steering Committee or its designees.

Section 6: George C. Edwards, III, Dissertation Award

The George C. Edwards, III, Dissertation Award will be given for the best dissertation in presidency research completed and accepted during the previous two calendar years.  To be considered for the award, nominees must submit the following documents to each member of the award committee: (1) a hard copy of the dissertation, (2) a PDF of the dissertation on a CD, (3) a Nominee Submission Form, and (4) a Nominator Submission Form and letter.


The annual meeting shall have the power to modify, alter, or amend the bylaws of the division by a majority vote.  Unless otherwise specified, amendments shall be effective upon approval by the division.  Disputes and questions concerning procedure shall be resolved by reference to Robert’s Rules of Order.

Approved as amended:  8/30/2014



The organized section makes a concerted effort in nominating section leadership positions to ensure diversity in the composition of its Executive Council and Steering Committees in accordance with APSA Handbook Section III.C Statement on Diversity and Inclusion of Leadership: “…. To ensure leadership nominations that reflect and are inclusive of a variety of different characteristics and backgrounds of our members, including race, ethnicity, actual or perceived, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, region of the country, country of origin, type of institution, and—as applicable—professional interest and methodological orientation.”

Approved as amended: 3/16/2018