Morris P. Fiorina

Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Political and Social Science
National Academy of Sciences
Biography: 

Morris P. Fiorina is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His current research focuses on elections and public opinion with particular attention to the quality of representation: how well the positions of elected officials reflect the preferences of the public.

During the course of his forty-year career Fiorina has published numerous articles and books on national politics including Congress—Keystone of the Washington Establishment (Yale University Press, 1977), Retrospective Voting in American National Elections (Yale University Press, 1981), and Divided Government (Allyn & Bacon, 1992). The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence, coauthored with Bruce Cain and John Ferejohn (Harvard University Press, 1987), won the 1988 Richard F. Fenno Prize. He is also coeditor of Continuity and Change in House Elections (Stanford University Press and Hoover Press, 2000). The third edition of his 2004 groundbreaking book Culture War: The Myth of a Polarized America (with Samuel J. Abrams and Jeremy C. Pope) was published in 2011. Most recently he coedited Can We Talk? The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics (Pearson, 2013).

Fiorina has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. He has served on the editorial boards of more than a dozen journals on political science, law, political economy, and public policy. From 1986 to 1990 he was chairman of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies.

Fiorina received his BA degree from Allegheny College and his MA and PhD from the University of Rochester. He lives in Portola Valley, California.

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Is Mitt Romney Likable Enough?

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas
Friday, October 19, 2012

Despite what the chattering classes say, likability plays a minor role in deciding modern presidential elections.

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The Myth of the "Big Sort"

by Samuel J. Abrams, Morris P. Fiorinavia Hoover Digest
Monday, August 13, 2012

In the information age, Americans’ political allegiances go far beyond their neighborhoods. By Samuel J. Abrams and Morris P. Fiorina.

Analysis and Commentary

‘You’re Likable Enough, Mitt.’

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Campaign Stops (New York Times)
Thursday, June 7, 2012

Recent political commentary contrasts Mitt Romney’s negative personal image with President Obama’s positive one. Polls report that Obama is more “likable” than Romney, and that his “favorable to unfavorable” ratio is more positive...

Analysis and Commentary

Data Matters: Keeping the Horse Race in Perspective

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Professor Fiorina has gathered polling data from the Gallup Trial Heats in presidential elections that show how the early polling can be wide of the Election Day mark...

In the News

“The Big Sort” That Wasn't: A Skeptical Reexamination

by Samuel J. Abrams, Morris P. Fiorinavia PS: Political Science & Politics (University of Cambridge)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Despite the opinions of various reviewers on the Amazon. com website and in the popular media that The Big Sort is thorough, systematic, and well-researched, most academic researchers would conclude the opposite...

Can We Talk?: The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics

by Morris P. Fiorina, Daniel M. Sheavia Pearson
Thursday, March 1, 2012

To many, the angry protestors at town hall meetings, the death threats toward politicians, the inflammatory language online and over the airwaves, and the language of politician themselves are making America politics an ugly, mean-spirited, and nasty affair.

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In the News

The Road to (and from) the 2010 Elections

by David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Policy Review
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What happened to the president and his party...?

The Road to (and from) the 2010 Elections

by David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Policy Review
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What happened to the president and his party?

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Morris Fiorina & Daron Shaw: The Road to (and from?) 2008

with Morris P. Fiorinavia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

At the Fall 2008 Hoover Retreat, Hoover fellow Morris Fiorina and Daron Shaw analyze the state of John McCain's campaign two weeks prior to election night. (1:18:53)

Morris P. Fiorina examines the myth of a polarized America

with Morris P. Fiorina, David Bradyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hoover senior fellow Morris Fiorina examines the myth of a polarized America with Hoover deputy director David Brady. The general public is often portrayed as bitterly divided on social, political, and economic issues, but new research shows that most Americans stand in the middle of the political landscape, preferring centrist candidates and holding moderate positions on charged cultural issues. It is the political parties and the media that have ignored this fact and distorted public perceptions.

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