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,

Presidential
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
relevance.