David Brady

Davies Family Senior Fellow
Research Team: 
Virtues Task Force (inactive)Chairman
Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Biography: 

David Brady holds the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science in the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is the Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.  He has published seven books and more than a hundred papers in journals and books.  Among his most recent books are Leadership and Growth (World Bank Publications, 2010) with Michael Spence, Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Carter to Bush II (Westview Press, 2006), and Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America’s Polarized Politics with Pietro Nivola (Brookings Institution Press, 2007).  His recent articles include “Why Is Health Care Reform So Difficult?” with Daniel Kessler, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, April 2010; “Putting the Public’s Money Where Its Mouth Is”  with Daniel Kessler, Health Affairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere, August 2009, pages 917–25; “Leadership and Politics: A Perspective from the Growth Commission,” with Michael Spence, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 25, no. 2 (2009): 205–18; “The 2010 Elections: Why Did Political Science Forecasts Go Awry?” with Morris P. Fiorina and Arjun Wilkins, 2011.

Brady has been on continual appointment at Stanford University since 1986, where he has served as associate dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School of Business (GSB) and as vice provost for Distance Learning.  He has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987.  He presently holds the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professorship in Ethics at the Business School and was deputy director of the Hoover Institution from 2004-2014.

During his teaching career, he won the Dinkelspiel Award for service to undergraduates, the Richard Lyman Prize for service to alumni, the Bob Davies Award and the Jaedicke Silver Cup from the GSB, and the first Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award given at Stanford.  He also won the George Brown Teaching Award at Rice University.

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Stuck in the Middle

by David Bradyvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 18, 2016

It’s the independents, not the true believers, who make or break a candidate. And they don’t think all that much of Donald Trump.

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Economics In A Time Of Political Instability

by Michael Spence, David Bradyvia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Over the last 35 years, Western democracies have seen a rapid rise in political instability, characterized by frequent shifts in governing parties and their programs and philosophies, driven at least partly by economic transformation and hardship.

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Explaining The Trump Phenomenon

by David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Americans are unhappy with various facets of current institutions and politics. Over two-thirds of us believe that the economic system favors the wealthy and that government wastes a lot of our money.

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Globalization And Political Instability

by David Bradyvia The American Interest
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Political instability, defined as volatility in electoral politics, is on the rise in Western democracies and shows no signs of abating. Granting the premise just for the moment, why is this happening? 

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GOP Cage Fights Make Democratic Winners

by David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, February 29, 2016

The percentage of voters who rule out supporting Republican candidates is steadily climbing.

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Trump And Cruz Have Trouble In The Middle

by David Bradyvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Independents will decide the general election, and they’re far from sold on the Republican front-runners.

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Decoding Trump’s Supporters

by David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Donald is leading in the polls, but who exactly is prepared to vote for him? 

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Who Are Trump's Supporters?

by David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

When Donald Trump announced he was running for president on June 16, the idea seemed faintly ridiculous. The Washington Post said that he faced “an uphill battle to be taken seriously by his rivals, political watchers and the media.”

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What Polls without Policy Get Wrong: Elections, Inequality, Mobility, and Taxes

by David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

David Brady is a Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values in the Stanford Graduate School of Business; and a professor of political science at Stanford.  Douglas Rivers is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University.  An expert on survey research, he is also chief scientist for YouGov PLC, an international, Internet-based polling firm.  Brady and Rivers discuss polling and how to measure change over time. 

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What Happened in 2014? — Examining the Midterms with David Brady and Morris Fiorina

by David Brady, Morris P. Fiorinavia Fellow Talks
Monday, November 17, 2014

Breaking down the lessons from the 2014 midterm elections.

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