For the 2017 survey of Policymakers, we surveyed individuals who worked in the executive branch of the U.S. Government during the administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, or Barack Obama. We used the Federal Yellow Book to identify individuals employed in one of several dozen offices or agencies with responsibility for creating and/or implementing U.S. trade, national security, or development policy at the level of “assistant/deputy director” or above.
We mailed or emailed a recruitment letter, signed by a prominent former U.S. Government official (Robert Gates in security and Robert Zoellick for development and trade) to all individuals for which we could secure contact information. In all, this strategy yielded responses from 625 individuals. The survey was in the field November 20, 2017 to January 24, 2018.
The survey report can be found here.
How to cite 2017 Policymaker Survey data
Paul C Avey, Michael C Desch, Eric Parajon, Susan Peterson, Ryan Powers, Michael J Tierney, Does Social Science Inform Foreign Policy? Evidence from a Survey of US National Security, Trade, and Development Officials, International Studies Quarterly, Volume 66, Issue 1, March 2022, sqab057, https://doi.org/10.1093/isq/sqab057