Areas of Expertise:
presidential politics | elections | political debates | health care | Congress
Mark Peterson, professor of public policy and political science in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is an expert on how the federal government works. Peterson’s research has focused specifically on the interactions among the President, Congress and interest groups in creating public policy, particularly with national health care.
Peterson has written extensively on Congressional responses to presidential legislative initiatives and the ways in which presidents use their relationships with interest groups to promote their political and policy agendas. Peterson served on a UCLA-based multidisciplinary team that helped advise Congress on the inclusion of disease prevention and health promotion strategies in the Affordable Care Act.