Guide to the White House Staff is an insightful new work examining the evolution and current role of the White House staff. In eight thematically-arranged chapters, it provides a study of executive-legislative relations, organizational behavior, policy making, and White House-cabinet relations. It also makes an important contribution to the study of public administration for researchers seeking to understand the inner workings of the White House. In thematically-arranged chapters, Guide to the White House Staff:
- introduces the first members of the White House staff and details the need, statutory authorization, and funding for staff expansion.
- addresses the creation of the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and a formal White House staff in 1939.
- explores the statutes, executive orders, and a succession of reorganization plans that have helped shape and refine the EOP.
- traces the evolution of White House staff from FDR to Obama and the specialization of staff across policy and political units.
- explores how presidential transitions have operated since Eisenhower created the position of chief of staff.
- explains the expansion of the president's in-house policy-making structures, beginning with national security and continuing with economic and domestic policy.
- covers the exodus of staff and the roles remaining staff have played during the second terms of presidents.
- examines the post-White House career patterns of staff.
- this valuable new reference will find a home in collections supporting research on the American presidency, public policy, and public administration.
Shirley Anne Warshaw is professor of political science and the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies at Gettysburg College, where she has taught since 1986. She teaches courses on the American presidency, American government, and executive-legislative relations. Warshaw received a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.G.A. from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent books are The Keys to Power: Managing the Presidency (second edition, 2004) and The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney (2009). She is married to Allen Warshaw, and they are the parents of three sons.