Political Science Now

Summer To-Do List: Advocate on Behalf of the Profession

APSA is dedicated to promoting strong federal support for political science research and education. The association partners with several coalitions to encourage support for political science and to educate policymakers and the public about the value of the discipline. APSA members play a key role in making the case for federal funding, and the summer is an ideal time to take action.

The federal appropriations process is complex and often strays wildly from the timelines and processes described in government and policy textbooks. This year, the process kicked off in May with the release of the president’s FY18 budget request. The budget request includes severe cuts to programs that support political science research and education, including the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and an 11 percent cut to the National Science Foundation. For more information about the budget request, see APSA’s advocacy page.

The president’s budget request is not binding, but rather a formal recommendation of how the administration would like to shape the budget to reflect its priorities. Typically, following the request’s release, Congress will begin work on a congressional budget resolution, a blueprint for the remainder of the appropriations process that sets levels of discretionary spending. This summer, subcommittees will draft bills according to the spending levels set by the appropriations committees.

As the appropriations process unfolds this summer, here are a few ways you can make your voice heard:




The summer months are an ideal time for APSA members to make their voices heard as the budgets for political science research and education are finalized for FY18. For more information about APSA’s advocacy work and resources, contact advocacy@apsanet.org.