John Fortier


Article Archives

Washington Times
2/11/02  "Executive Branch Overhaul Due"  (pdf)
9/02/01  "Getting Military Ballots Counted"  (pdf)
6/12/01  "Putting Appointment Rules to the Test"  (pdf)


March 2002  "The Transition to Governing Project"  (pdf)
March 2002  "Relations with Congress"  (pdf)

Other Articles
 2/17/05 "Don't Expect to See Bush Dems in 109th Congress", The Hill  
 2/1/05 "Picking Up on the Unspoken Messages", The Hill  
9/24/03"'The West Wing' and Presidential Succession", Roll Call  
5/01/03 "A Tale of Two Bushes: Texas, D.C.,Roll Call  
Fall 2002  "The Continuity of Congress"  (pdf)

9/16/03 "Ensuring the Continuity of the United States Government : The Presidency"

The Permanent Campaign and Its Future


WAMU, "The Public Interest"
Presidential Appointment Process


John C. Fortier is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he is executive director of the Continuity of Government Commission and project manager of the Transition to Governing Project. He is also a frequent participant in "Election Watch," AEI's election analysis forum.  Fortier is a political scientist, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and has previously taught at Boston College , Harvard University , and the University of Delaware . Prior to coming to AEI, he was a research associate at the Worcester Municipal Research Bureau in Massachusetts .

Fortier is the executive director of the Continuity of Government Commission (Cutler-Simpson Commission. ), which is studying how to ensure the constitutional continuity of government institutions after a terrorist attack. The commission was launched in the fall of 2002 and issued its first report on the continuity of Congress in the spring of 2003.  The commission will issue a second report on presidential succession in 2004.

Fortier also serves as the project manager for the Transition to Governing Project, an AEI project in conjunction with the Brookings Institution and the Hoover Institution, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The project aims to smooth the transition to campaigning to governing. It also focused attention on the governing qualities of the presidential candidates and on a president�s transition into office. The project has published two books: Preparing to be President: The Memos of Richard E. Neustadt and The Permanent Campaign and Its Future.

He is the editor of After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College (AEI Press, 2004).  He has published articles in the Review of Politics, PS: Political Science and Politics, The Election Law Journal, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Catholic University Law Review, Brookings Review, Extensions (a journal of the legislative studies section of the APSA) and State Legislatures Magazine.   Recently, he has authored chapters in White House World: Transitions, Organization, and Office Operations ( Texas A&M Press, February 2003) and The Bush Presidency ( Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).   He has also delivered numerous papers at the American Political Science Association (APSA), Southern Political Science Association and New England Political Science Association annual meetings. Fortier serves on the executive board of the American Political Science Presidency Research Group and in 2004 served on its Career Service Award Committee.

He has published opinion pieces in the Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, The American Enterprise, Newark Star Ledger, New York Times Upfront, TechCentralStation, and the Washington Times. He is conducting research on election reform, absentee balloting, the continuity of congress, the presidential transition, Congress, and the Presidency.  Fortier speaks regularly about continuity of government, elections, the presidency and Congress.  Recently, he debated former presidential candidate, John Anderson, on the electoral college before the League of Women Voters.

Fortier has provided commentary for ABC�s Nightline, CNN, Fox News, BBC radio and television, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), CTV (Canadian Television), Bloomberg Television, National Public Radio �Morning Edition,� Newsweek On Air, Hearst-Argyle television, Medill News Service television, Danish television, Dutch radio, WBUR radio (NPR Boston), WAMU (NPR Washington), WAVA, WNYC (New York Public Radio), Texas Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, C-SPAN and the Catholic Radio Network. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in political science from Boston College .

  John C. Fortier, Ph.D.
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