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Presidential Power one year on

This time last year Presidential Power went live for the first time. Since then, we have received more than 30,000 hits. Thank you for visiting us and for returning.

Over the last year the Presidential Power family has grown in size. We have been joined by a number of new contributors, allowing us to cover more areas and more countries in-depth. As the manager of the blog, and the person who organises the schedule, I would like to thank all of the contributors for giving up their time. In addition, we have also been joined by a number of guest contributors. Again, I would like to thank everyone for contributing and for allowing us to cover a wider range of issues than we would otherwise have done.

As many of you know, we also have a Facebook Page. We started on Facebook at the same time as we started the blog here. We now have well over 400 Facebook likes. Again, thanks to everyone who follows us there. We are also on Twitter where we have over 250 followers, including a number of presidential offices.

Over the year, we have added to our suite of Presidential Power offerings. We are now on Tumblr. This is where we post pictures of presidential places to provide some context to the stories we report. We are also on Pinterest. This site acts like a virtual reading list for presidents, presidential/legislative relations, and presidential elections. We hope you find these resources useful. You can follow us on both.

In the months that come, we will be adding to our set of resources. Coming very soon we will be adding a new page that provides the largest and, we think, most reliable set of cross-national presidential power scores that currently exists.

We are still looking to recruit more regular contributors and we will also be asking people to write more guest posts. If you would like to contribute a guest post, then please contact me (robert.elgie@dcu.ie). There is not always the space to include every suggested post, but please do not be afraid to ask.

The same point applies generally. if there is something that you would like to see on the site, or if there is a topic that you would like to be covered, then please just get in touch.

We will begin regular blogging again tomorrow. In the meantime, thank you again for your interest and support.

Robert Elgie

PS I would like to thank Philipp Köker for renewing the header for the blog.

Welcome to Presidential Power

Welcome to Presidential Power.

This is a new blog that focuses on the activity of presidents and presidential activity around the world. We are all scholars with a particular interest in the politics of presidencies and their incumbents. We have have started this blog because we feel there is space and need for such a blog. Currently, there are plenty of blogs that focus on politics generally both in individual countries and more broadly. There are also blogs that focus on presidents in particular countries or geographical areas as well as at least one blog that focuses on presidents more widely but still only in semi-presidential countries. Matthew Shugart’s excellent blog includes frequent discussion of presidents, but only as part of a wider focus that includes elections and electoral systems. To our knowledge, there is no blog that focuses solely on presidential activity across the globe. We aim to fill that gap.

In our posts, we will provide relatively brief but hopefully useful analyses of presidential power. There will be posts that address the concept of presidential power as well as plenty of posts about presidential activity in individual countries and regions. We are interested in all aspects of presidents and presidencies. We will include coverage of both directly and indirectly elected presidents in both democracies, autocracies and regimes somewhere in between.

We do not aim to be a news service. We will not be trying to be the first to report a news item. Instead, we aim to provide an informed discussion of events that relate directly to presidents. So, there will be posts about specific presidential activity, including vetoes, appointments, dissolutions etc. There will also be posts about presidential elections and presidential popularity. However, we understand that presidents do not operate in a vacuum. Wider events in the polity can affect the exercise of presidential power. Therefore, we also aim to place presidential activity in context. To this end, there will be posts about legislative elections, changes of government, executive-legislative relations, and so on.

Whereas this blog allows us the space to reflect on presidential activity, we also have a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Here, we will link to events in a more timely fashion. So, if you would like to follow the day-to-day politics of countries with a president more closely, then please feel free to like us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter.

Finally, we are political scientists by training and we approach presidential activity from that perspective. However, we very much hope that our posts will be useful both for practitioners and for the informed general reader. Whatever your interest might be, we hope that you will enjoy the posts and that you will return to the site in the future.