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Presidential Politics

Standing Group

Established 2015 - Number of members: 136

Steering Committee Chair

  • GIANLUCA PASSARELLI (Sapienza University of Rome)

Steering Committee

  • Anna Fruhstorfer (Universität Potsdam) Treasurer
  • Thomas Sedelius (Dalarna University) Member
  • Tapio Raunio (Tampere University) Member
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Presidents are crucial political actors. They often play a decisive role as international actors, party leaders, electoral campaigners, government members, legislative proponents, constitutional guarantors, and veto players. Moreover, the importance of presidents is growing both politically and institutionally. Even though a literature on presidents has markedly increased in the last decades (Shugart and Carey 1992; Linz et al. 1994; Mainwaring and Shugart 1997; Taras 1997; Elgie 1999; Strøm et al. 2003; Cheibub 2007; Tavits 2008; Samuels and Shugart 2010; Blondel 2015, etc.), there have been no general comparative analyses so far. Much attention is devoted to case studies and to particular aspects of the presidential activities. Thus, a SG on presidential politics seems to be crucial in better understanding the developments in this field by promoting deep comparative researches. The establishment of an ad hoc SG would help to coordinate the many scholars working on this topic and to try to better enlighten a particular important political phenomenon.


The proposed Standing Groups aims to pursue its scientific goals by activating and strengthening the network of scholars (junior and senior) working on the same topic. Following this approach the SG would periodically organize panels and/or sections to the ECPR meetings. Moreover, the SG on presidential politics would aim to organize annual summer schools to include as many as possible young scholars, which are very important in the ECPR network. Similarly, the proposed SG’s members would be invited to attend and/or to propose workshop on crucial topics related to the general theme of the “presidential politics”. Thus, workshops on the theme proposed by the SG’s members will regularly be organized and supported. Moreover a SG Newsletter will be circulated among SG’s members as well as among those who will be interested in being updated on its activities. Finally, but not least, the SG official website will be the core of the external communication of the standing group information. In particular, the website will improve the opportunities of the SG to diffuse its research activities, to inform scholars on its programs and its goals. So, a supplementary opportunity to share the SG knowledge among the ECPR member and beyond.