Strategic Presidency: Hitting the Ground Running / Edition 2

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"The best book on the importance of presidential transitions to the long-term successes of administrations. Contemporary scholars and practitioners will be especially interested in Pfiffner's timely treatment of the problems that surrounded the Clinton administration's troubled start."—Mark J. Rozell, author of The Press and the Carter Presidency and Executive Privilege

"Should be required reading for Presidential candidates, their staffs, and anyone who hopes to understand how it works inside the White House. It's a guide to how to do it and how not to do it."—John Ehrlichman

"A modest classic in the literature on the presidency that is both scholarly and practical-a unique combination."—Joseph A. Pika, author of The Presidential Contest and The Politics of the Presidency

Author Biography: James P. Pfiffner, professor of government and public policy at George Mason University, is the author of The Modern Presidency and The President, the Budget, and Congress and the editor of The Managerial Presidency

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A masterful handbook on the nature of presidential transitions and among the most important publications on the presidency.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700607693
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction: Taking over the Government 1
1 Organizing the White House 17
2 The Holy Grail of "True" Cabinet Government 34
3 Personnel Control: Staffing the Administration 56
4 Presidential Control of the Bureaucracy 73
5 Taking over the Budget 94
6 Moving the President's Legislative Agenda 111
7 The Bush Transition: A Friendly Takeover 128
8 The Clinton Transition: Hitting the Ground Walking 148
Notes 209
About the Author 243
Index 245
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