Transfer of Executive Power

Archive Report

Never before in an election-to-inauguration period have the outgoing and incoming administrations made so wholehearted an effort to work together for an orderly transfer of the federal executive power. Innovations introduced eight years ago when President-elect Eisenhower made ready to take over the duties of President Truman, appear to be evolving into a tradition of mutual effort above the level of partisan politics, to assure effective continuity of government.

The United States position of leadership in the world has made the two-and-a-half month “interregnum”1 between election and inauguration of a new Chief Executive a period of some anxiety. Attention at home and abroad inevitably turns toward the new source of American power in the figure of a President-elect who has not yet received the seals ...

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