Passages to the Presidency: From Campaigning to Governing / Edition 1

Passages to the Presidency: From Campaigning to Governing / Edition 1

by Charles O. Jones
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0815747136

ISBN-13: 9780815747130

Pub. Date: 06/01/1998

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

The standard view of the transition is based on a distinction between campaigning and governing, with election day as the marker: campaigning before, preparing to govern after. Yet changes are blurring the distinction between the two activities. The Clinton transition in 1992 is the watershed case. Dubbed the "worst" for failing to meet many of the standard

Overview

The standard view of the transition is based on a distinction between campaigning and governing, with election day as the marker: campaigning before, preparing to govern after. Yet changes are blurring the distinction between the two activities. The Clinton transition in 1992 is the watershed case. Dubbed the "worst" for failing to meet many of the standard tests, Clinton and his aides, nevertheless, were attuned to a campaigning style of governing that was fine-tuned after the 1994 mid-term election.

Future transitions will be judged by a revised set of expectations. The conventional rules will be supplemented by tests that account for campaigning as integral to governing. What is called the "permanent campaign" is upon us. Presidents in the 21st century will prepare to govern more publicly from the start, anxious to establish and enhance their status in a more communal style of governing.

This book considers the critical ten weeks of transition for recent party changes in the White House (Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton) and signals a pivotal change for the future. Charles Jones identifies the conventional expectations for an effective transition in regard to such topics as dismantling the campaign, connecting with Congress, establishing a theme, and relating to the press.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815747130
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
1260L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Transitions and Democracy1
Changing Transitions3
Thinking about Transitions4
A Leisurely Pace7
Budgeting for Transitional Government10
Variations in Transitions14
Transitions in a Separated System18
2Future Presidents as Candidates20
Four Presidents22
Signals along the Way50
3Beyond the Campaign Psychology52
Campaigning Is Not Governing54
Lessons from the Campaign for Governing57
The Matter of a Theme62
Preelection Transition Planning66
Summary81
4Preparing to Govern83
The Agenda85
The Preferred Sequence87
The Practice: Four Cases93
The Role of the President-Elect98
Making Appointments103
Choosing from among Campaign Aides106
A Public Presence113
The Transition and Congress118
Transition Teams125
Summary132
5The Press and the Transition134
Inside the Window Looking Out: Transition Aides136
Outside the Window Looking In: Press Perspectives147
Concluding Comments170
6"The Biggest Mistake" and Other Lessons173
A Biggest Mistake?175
Importance of the Transition for Governing179
Realities of the Conventional Transition184
The Clinton Case: Preparing to Govern by Campaigning188
From Campaigning to Governing194
Notes199
Index217
Tables
Lame-Duck Presidents and Congresses, 1940-94
Characteristics of Originated Presidencies, 1896-1992
Characteristics of Regenerated Presidencies, 1896-1992
Characteristics of Received Presidencies, 1896-1992
Transition Period Press Conferences and Appearances of Presidents-Elect Nixon, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton

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