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In what James A. Baker III has called the “worst job in Washington,” the chief of staff orchestrates the president’s conduct of the U.S. government. He holds the unique responsibility to magnify the time, reach, and voice of the president of the United States. “You need a filter, a person that you have total confidence in who works so closely with you that in effect he is almost an alter ego,” Gerald Ford has said. In this volume, resulting from the Washington Forum on the Role of the White House Chief of Staff held in 2000 in Washington, D.C., twelve of the fifteen men who have held the office of chief of staff discuss among themselves and with a select group of participants the challenges, achievements, and failures of their time in that role. Their purpose is to find lessons in governing that will help future chiefs of staff prepare to assume the office and organize the staffs they will lead. These pages of frank and uncensored discussion present in straightforward question-and-answer format the voices of the chiefs of staff themselves concerning the transition from campaign to governance, with its reorganization and refocusing of the president’s team, the reelection drive four years later, and eventually, the closing out of an administration. The group also addresses the place of the White House chief of staff within the larger governing community of the Executive Branch, Congress, interest groups, and the press. The American White House sits at the nerve center of world history, and at the core of this nerve center, a massive bureaucratic operation exists to process the flow of information and policy. The White House chief of staff manages that operation. So important has that office become, that to ignore its requirements risks presidential fate itself and indeed, the fate of the republic.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Governing from the White House
  2. pp. xiii-xvii
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  1. Two Operational Dilemmas
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. Chapter 1. Members of the Forum
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. Chapter 2. Starting the White House
  2. pp. 22-46
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  1. Chapter 3. Refocusing the White House
  2. pp. 47-76
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  1. Chapter 4. Campaigning, Routine,and Closing Out
  2. pp. 77-107
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  1. Chapter 5. In the Governing Community
  2. pp. 108-124
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  1. Assessing Transition 2001
  2. pp. 125-166
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  1. Sponsors’ Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 167-169
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 171-176
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781603446440
Print ISBN
9781585443499
MARC Record
OCLC
774384904
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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