Meeting the freight train head on planning for the transition to power Chapter uri icon


  • An appearance of arrogance associated with planning for governing stops most presumptive presidential nominees from organizing their plans for the transition to power until well after the summer conventions. In fact, the greater risk lies with the absence of planning for the assumption of power. Those who have served in White House posts and know the advantages and disadvantages associated with the quality of the start an administration strongly believe early planning is associated with an effective first year in office. It is during his early months that a president staffs up his administration, lays out and marshals support for the top-priority items on his agenda, and shapes his relationships throughout the governing community. In a setting where those coming into office can anticipate vacant offices and empty drawers, their planning must be completed and their decision-making processes in place well before they come in to office. The White House is no place for on-the-job training. Copyright 2003 by Martha Joynt Kumar and Terry Sullivan Manufactured in the United States of America All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kumar, M. J., Edwards, G. C., Pfiffner, J. P., & Sullivan, T.

complete list of authors

  • Kumar, MJ||Edwards, GC||Pfiffner, JP||Sullivan, T

Book Title

  • White House World: Transitions, organization, and office operations

publication date

  • December 2003