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Presidential Transitions

The Center has undertaken and continues work on a number of projects relating to presidential transitions. These include the following projects, case studies and publications:

Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency: Seventy-Six Case Studies in Presidential Leadership


In Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency, more than 50 of the nation’s leading Presidential historians and journalists describe the most notable successes—and failures—of American presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Bill Clinton. This kaleidoscope of many of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century is presented in 76 case histories told by observers, practitioners, scholars and top advisors to the Presidents whose decisions resulted in success or failure, triumph or tragedy. Additionally, this publication includes discussions of presidential transitions, examining the first one-hundred days of ten Presidents, with updates for each subsequent new Administration.

Updates to Triumphs and Tragedies

Barack Obama’s Transition and First 100 Days

Martha Joynt Kumar details the first one-hundred days of the Presidency of Barack Obama and the challenges and successes of his presidential transition.

George W Bush: Opportunity from Adversity

Written by John P. Burke, this case study examines the  the presidential transition of George W. Bush in 2000.

Planning a Second Term: Challenges Continue

To better examine the challenges of a second term, CSPC collaborated with Dr. John P. Burke of the University of Vermont on a case study of Presidential second terms, with particular focus on the second term of President Barack Obama.  

Agenda 2008 

This program was launched in 2007 to help prepare the new President to confront critical issues facing the country. For this project, the Center worked with key Members of Congress, members of past Presidential Administrations, leaders in the business and non-profit sectors, scholars and policy makers to develop a series of cross-cutting recommendations on these key challenges.