Potter studies American politics with a focus on political institutions (especially the federal bureaucracy), regulation, and public policy. Her recent work examines how the separation of powers system affects bureaucratic policymaking.
Highlights limits on the diplomatic use of foreign aid and emphasizes the importance of domestic institutional design. Yields insight into a broad range of policy domains - including international ﬁnance, immigration, and the application of economic sanctions - where multiple government agencies are in charge of implementing foreign policy.
Argues that political and organizational factors, as well as the interaction between the two, are necessary for explaining executive policymaking.