Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Strategic Presidency or The American Disease

Strategic Presidency: Hitting the Ground Running

Author: James P Pfiffner

"The best book on the importance of presidential transitions to the long-term successes of administrations. Contemporary scholars and practitioners will be especially interested in Pfiffner's timely treatment of the problems that surrounded the Clinton administration's troubled start."—Mark J. Rozell, author of The Press and the Carter Presidency and Executive Privilege

"Should be required reading for Presidential candidates, their staffs, and anyone who hopes to understand how it works inside the White House. It's a guide to how to do it and how not to do it."—John Ehrlichman

"A modest classic in the literature on the presidency that is both scholarly and practical-a unique combination."—Joseph A. Pika, author of The Presidential Contest and The Politics of the Presidency

Author Biography: James P. Pfiffner, professor of government and public policy at George Mason University, is the author of The Modern Presidency and The President, the Budget, and Congress and the editor of The Managerial Presidency

Presidential Studies Quarterly

A masterful handbook on the nature of presidential transitions and among the most important publications on the presidency.

Table of Contents:
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction: Taking over the Government1
1Organizing the White House17
2The Holy Grail of "True" Cabinet Government34
3Personnel Control: Staffing the Administration56
4Presidential Control of the Bureaucracy73
5Taking over the Budget94
6Moving the President's Legislative Agenda111
7The Bush Transition: A Friendly Takeover128
8The Clinton Transition: Hitting the Ground Walking148
About the Author243

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The American Disease: Origins of Narcotic Control

Author: David F Musto

The American Disease is a classic study of the development of drug laws in the United States. Supporting the theory that Americans' attitudes toward drugs have followed a cyclic pattern of tolerance and restraint, author David F. Musto examines the relationz between public outcry and the creation of prohibitive drug laws from the end of the Civil War up to the present.
Originally published in 1973, and then in an expanded edition in 1987, this third edition contains a new chapter and preface that both address the renewed debate on policy and drug legislation from the end of the Reagan administration to the current Clinton administration. Here, Musto thoroughly investigates how our nation has dealt with such issues as the controversies over prevention programs and mandatory minimum sentencing, the catastrophe of the crack epidemic, the fear of a heroin revival, and the continued debate over the legalization of marijuana.

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