CHARLES O. JONES is an emeritus professor of political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught previously at Wellesley College, the Universities of Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Virginia, and Oxford University. He has written numerous books on the U.S. Congress, the presidency, political parties, and public policy. He has served as editor of the American Political Science Review and as President of the American Political Science Association. Married to Vera Mire Jones, the couple has two sons: Joseph and Daniel, and three grandchildren: Annabel, Phoebe, and Nathaniel.
Future transitions will be judged by a revised set of expectations. The conventional rules will be supplemented by tests that account for campaigning as integral to governing. What is called the "permanent campaign" is upon us. Presidents in the 21st century will prepare to govern more publicly from the start, anxious to establish and enhance their status in a more communal style of governing.
This book considers the critical ten weeks of transition for recent party changes in the White House (Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton) and signals a pivotal change for the future. Charles Jones identifies the conventional expectations for an effective transition in regard to such topics as dismantling the campaign, connecting with Congress, establishing a theme, and relating to the press.