We often read or hear about turmoil before, during, or after elections around the world. An important characteristic of democracy in the United States, however, is the regularly recurring peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next. Americans know when the next presidential election will take place – the Tuesday after the first Monday in November every four years. And power will be transferred to the newly elected (or re-elected) president on January 20 of the following year.
In this issue of eJournal USA, as another U.S. presidential transition takes place, we’ve tried to present our readers with insight into this process, including some historical background.
A Checklist for New Presidents
An expert provides an overview of presidential transitions, including some historical background.
Governing Is Different From Campaigning
A member of Bill Clinton’s cabinet describes his experience as an insider.
Personnel Is Policy
A member of the Bush transition team and associate director of presidential personnel at the White House in 2000-2001 provides insight into the workings of the personnel system.
Early Challenges for a New Administration
A recognized analyst discusses some of the major dangers and opportunities facing the incoming administration.
The President and the Press
A scholar explains the complex relationship between the chief executive and the media.
For the Record
The retired director of the Office of Records Management talks about transitions from the viewpoint of civil servants who stay on and work for several consecutive administrations.
A presidential scholar explains how there’s a transition even when a president is re-elected.
Frequently asked questions about presidential transitions.
Photo Gallery and Additional Resources
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