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I would like to thank all the students, staff, and faculty at the three institutions that have been so instrumental to my career and who have supported my efforts to write and publish this book over the last five years. First, I would like thank my colleagues at American University’s School of Public Affairs (SPA) for their support and collegiality. My experience at SPA was shaped by wonderful teachers, brilliant classmates, and attentive members of the staff. Foremost, I thank my mentor, Robert Durant, for his patience , guidance, and generosity. I aspire to be half of the scholar that he is. Second, I thank the members of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) for championing my professional development and allowing me to start my career at their fine institution. One can only hope to have the level of collegiality and support that I received at SPEA. This book and my career would not have been possible without the friends, mentors, and colleagues I had in Indiana. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Third, I sincerely thank the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy (Price). I have found a welcome— and warm!—home in Los Angeles and at Price. My Price colleagues and the School’s leadership are of the same exceptional quality that I have been spoiled to expect by this point. I am thrilled to be part of Price’s bright future and to continue the excellence in public affairs research and teaching that it has long established. I would like to thank my colleagues in the Bedrosian Center for Governance Research, in particular, for their support. However , the entire Price faculty, staff, and leadership have been instrumental to my smooth transition and in allowing me to finish this manuscript on schedule. I would like to thank George C. Edwards III (Texas A&M University) and Presidential Studies Quarterly (Wiley Press) for their permission to reprint parts of “Appointee-Careerist Relations in the Presidential Transition of 2008–2009” (Resh, 2014) in chapter 5 of the present text. I am indebted to Matthew Dull and Patrick Roberts (Virginia Polytechnic University, Alexandria ) for their partnership in a data collection effort of appointee vacancies Acknowledgments xiv Acknowledgments that was central to this work. I am also appreciative of the research assistants from both Indiana University and Virginia Tech who assisted in those efforts. I would also like to thank the following scholars who provided input to this book through direct or indirect advice, or who provided general substantive support. In no particular order, I thank Patricia Sykes, Laura Langbein , David Pitts, Ed Stazyk, Nathan Thompson, William Harder, Christine DeGregorio, James Thurber, and Bob Tobias from American University; George Krause from the University of Pittsburgh; Bert Rockman and David Reingold from Purdue University; David Lewis from Vanderbilt University; Karen Hult from Virginia Tech; John Marvel from George Mason University ; Tony Bertelli from New York University; Hal Rainey and Tima Moldogaziev from the University of Georgia; Jim Perry, Sergio Fernandez, Michael McGuire, Shahzeen Attari, Justin Ross, John Graham, Lanlan Xu, Sameeksha Desai, Ashlyn Nelson, Denvil Duncan, Claudia Avellaneda, and Julia Carboni from Indiana University; Pam McCann, Jack Knott, Elizabeth Graddy, Raphael Bostic, and Christian Grose from the University of Southern California ; Ken Meier and William West from Texas A&M University, Zach Oberfield from Haverford College; Saba Siddiki from Indiana University– Purdue University Indianapolis; Charles Fairchild from the University of Sydney; David Nixon from the University of Hawaii; Michael Bauer from the German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer; and James Pfiffner from George Mason University. I am also exceptionally grateful to the blind reviewers whose input strengthened my work considerably. Moreover, I could not have asked for a more supportive or insightful pair of editors than Johns Hopkins University Press Studies in American Public Policy and Management series editors, David Konisky and Manuel Teodoro. Their direction through this process was practical, erudite, and patient. Their choices for blind reviewers struck me as more than carefully considered, given the feedback I received. I could not have asked for more insightful reviews, and their own assessment of my work and their input was of equal sophistication. I owe Manny, in particular , a debt of gratitude for the “joists versus jigsaws” metaphor that brings together the theme of this work. David’s steady and reassuring guidance throughout this process was equally valuable and appreciated. I would also like to thank Johns Hopkins University Press editorial and faculty...


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