What Informs a Smooth Presidential Transition? Twentieth-Century Examples

Lecture Description

In this lecture, Winkler looks at past presidential transitions, where one party took over from another relatively smoothly, and provides context for the dramatically different situation today:
Wilson’s assumption of power after TR and Taft
FDR taking over from Hoover
Ike succeeding Harry Truman
Reagan following Jimmy Carter
Obama taking over from George W. Bush
Even though there were, in each case, significant differences, the transition was smooth, with certain basic values informing the process. Such does not seem to be the case today, and the larger question is Why Not? And what might be the consequences.



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