Books on Presidential Transitions, the Appointment Process, and White House Operations
a book list by John Kamensky, Senior Fellow, IBM Center for The Business of Government
shelved under Politics & Current Affairs
Following is a list of books on an obscure topic that becomes of intense interest only every 4 to 8 years – the inside look at a presidential transition in the U.S. government. The top 3,000 political leaders lose their jobs and the winner undertakes a massive recruiting process to fill the newly-vacated positions. As if filling 3,000 jobs isn't enough, the new president has to craft a governing agenda AND a new budget. How this happens is often shrouded in mystery. While the literature is fairly sparse on the topic, what has been written in recent years quickly becomes helpful guideposts to the hopeful staffs of both of the candidates.
(Editor's Note: John maintains a blog on this very topic. Drop by The 2008 Presidential Transition Initiative for up-to-the-minute information on the topic.)
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About John Kamensky
John Kamensky is a senior fellow at the IBM Center for The Business of Government where he's passionate about helping transform government to be more results-oriented, performance-based, customer-driven, and collaborative in nature. Visit his blog, The 2008 Presidential Transition Initiative.
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