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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press; First edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815747136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815747130
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles O. Jones, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is the author of The Presidency in a Separated System (Brookings, 1994). --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Charles O. Jones is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, the Hawkins Professor of Political Science (emeritus) at the University of Wisconsin, and a former president of the American Political Science Association. His books include Clinton and Congress, 1993-96 (University of Oklahoma Press, 1999) and Passages to the Presidency (Brookings, 1998).

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By S. Robison on July 10, 2011
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"Passages to the Presidency" provides interesting insight into the transition process, as a candidate moves from campaigning for the presidency to actually governing on Day 1. Clearly, this is a vital part of assuming the job of President of the United States: Jones argues that it is often overlooked, as it is a time where presidents can either make or break their term. Following is a list of PROs and CONs in this work:


-Extensive source material/testimony from recent campaign aides and officials detailing what went wrong/succeeded in the recent party-change transitions.

-Clearly proposes that choosing a chief-of-staff is key: often, president-elects choose to fill up their Cabinet before their staff, often to their detriment.

-Clear, concise reasoning with graphs, charts, and figures supporting the author's conclusions.


-This work clearly needs updated, lacking information on both the Clinton-Bush transition and the Bush-Obama transition.

Overall, this is an interesting insight as to the importance of transition management that draws upon extensive source information. It does, however, need updated, yet it still remains insightful.
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