By Charles O. Jones
Examines the careers of 4 presidents and explores the ways that the political method is altering their function.
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Extra info for Passages to the Presidency: From Campaigning to Governing
Nannerl O. Keohane Thomas G. Labrecque James T. Lynn William McC. Martin Jr. Robert S. McNamara Mary Patterson McPherson Arjay Miller Donald S. Perkins J. Woodward Redmond Charles W. Robinson James D. Robinson III David Rockefeller Jr. Howard D. Samuel B. Francis Saul II Ralph S. Saul Henry B. Schacht Robert Brookings Smith Morris Tanenbaum John C. Whitehead James D. Wolfensohn Ezra K. Zilkha Page vii Foreword EXCELLENT STUDIES and reports have been produced concerning the vital process of one president moving out and another moving in: the transition from one president to another.
A Leisurely Pace Most political systems install new leadership in a matter of days following an election. The rationale for a quick transition is persuasive. The people have made their decision; why not install a new government? Thus, for example, Jacques Chirac was elected president of France on May 7, 1995, and the sitting president, François Mitterrand, announced that he would step down even before the end of his term on May 20, 1995. On May 1, 1997, British voters chose a Labour party majority, and on May 2 the moving vans were removing the defeated prime minister's household goods from No.
Having just completed a study of the presidency in the postwar period (The Presidency in a Separated System), I was pleased to undertake a study of presidential transitions as Neustadt had recommended. Passages to the Presidency is the result. Much of what I have learned in this study is a result of interviews and conversations with transition aides, public officials, scholars, journalists, and other political observers. I have quoted liberally from these interviews, all of which were transcribed.
Passages to the Presidency: From Campaigning to Governing by Charles O. Jones