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Organizing the Presidency [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Hess , James P. Pfiffner

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When Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated in March 1933, the White House staff numbered fewer than fifty people. In the ensuing years, as the United States became a world power and both the foreign and domestic duties of the president grew more complex, the White House staff has increased twentyfold. This books asks how best to manage a presidency that itself has become a bureaucracy.

In the third edition of Organizing the Presidency, Stephen Hess, with the assistance of James P. Pfiffner, surveys presidential organizations from Roosevelt¡¯s to George W. Bush¡¯s, examining the changing responsibilities of the executive branch jobs and their relationships with one another, Capitol Hill, and the permanent government. He also describes the kinds of people who have filled these positions and the intentions of the presidents who appointed them.

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"Any president would benefit from reading Mr. Hess's analysis and any reader will enjoy the elegance with which it is written and the author's wide knowledge and good sense." -- Economist "Stephen Hess is an eminently sensible man and in this book he has produced some eminently sensible advice to Presidents." -- Washington Post Book World "Notable for its broad coverage, considerable insight, and graceful writing." -- Presidential Studies Quarterly "A remarkable book." -- Newsweek "This is the first book on the presidency that leaves one with the feeling that he has read a comprehensive treatment of the subject." -- Annals of the American Academy "Hess, considered one of the best analysts of White House organizations..." --Paul Bedard, White House Weekly, 12/3/2002 "...this new edition of Organizing the Presidency is not merely an updated version of an enduring classic. It is, instead, a vigorous argument for president-centered research of the presidency, on the grounds that it is individuals who make and unmake institutions." --MaryAnne Borrelli, Connecticut College, Presidential Studies Quarterly, 9/1/2003

About the Author

Stephen Hess is senior fellow emeritus in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Distinguished Research Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He has been engaged in presidential transitions since he was a young speechwriter in the EisenhowerWhite House. He returned to the White House with President Richard Nixon, helped Jimmy Carter reorganize the Executive Office and advised the presidential transition teams of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and GeorgeW. Bush. His numerous books include "Through Their Eyes: Foreign Correspondents in the United States" (Brookings, 2005) and "Organizing the Presidency" (Brookings, 3rd ed in 2002 with James Pfiffner).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3137 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press; third edition edition (19 Sept. 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic book on the American Presidency 18 Jan. 2009
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This a classic book on American government. It is really strange that nobody has reviewed it on Amazon since it came out in 2002. As Harry Truman once observed government in America is more than simply giving orders. A good President must work with Congress. He or she must also make sure that Presidential orders are in fact carried out correctly by giant government agencies.

For more on the subject of government management check out my Listmania List on my profile, Public Service and Government Management.

This book should be read in conjuction with Hess's new book on Presidential transition in America What Do We Do Now?: A Workbook for the President-elect
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