Richard Neustadt

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Memo on Presidential Transition

Editors' note: On September 15, 1960, Richard Neustadt,
then a professor of
government at Columbia, wrote a bold memo to candidate John F.
Kennedy on issues
for the anticipated transition. His memo, the first of a series,
was subtitled
"A Tentative Check-List for the Weeks Between Election and
Inaugural." Professor
Neustadt drew on ;his own insights from his influential book,

Power, which had been published the previous April. Today,
Neustadt continues
to teach, at Harvard's Kennedy School. The memo, never before
published, remains
a classic. Depending on events in November it may take on new