David Brady

Senior Fellow emeritus
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American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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David Brady holds the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science in the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a senior fellow emeritus 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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Area 45: The State Of The Presidential Race

interview with David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Area 45
Friday, November 15, 2019

Dave Brady and Doug Rivers review their latest poll data on the 2020 election.

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The Impact Of Voter Second Choices As 2020 Dems Drop Out

by David Brady, Brett Parkervia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, November 14, 2019

As the Democratic field for president thins out, most supporters of the dropouts will pick another candidate. That prospect raises the question of whether these newly available voters will flock to the front-runners or boost the chances of one of the also-rans. To gain insight into this question, the latest YouGov polls asked respondents likely to vote in Democratic primaries to name both their first and second choices for the nomination. In the most recent survey, Joe Biden leads on first-choice ballots, followed by Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris. So what happens to the horse race when we add in the second choices of potential voters? 

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Political And Electoral Instability

featuring David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Russell Roberts, Bill Whalen, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Thursday, October 17, 2019

American politics feels more divided than ever. Are we at an unprecedented point in history? Are there lessons to be learned from prior periods in American politics?

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Area 45: Brady And Rivers: Impeachment . . . By The Numbers

interview with David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Area 45
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The talk of impeachment and its impact on the popularity of President Trump.

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Poll: Dem Voters Span Diverse Views, Benefiting Biden

by David Brady, Brett Parkervia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The recent Democratic Party debates have prompted pundits and prognosticators to wonder how far left the nominee can veer and still unseat President Trump in November 2020.

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Area 45: Brady And Rivers On The State Of The Presidential Race

interview with David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Area 45
Monday, August 5, 2019

What post-debate polling suggests about the effectiveness of the candidates’ messaging and how the tragedy in El Paso factors into national politics.

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Biden Is Still King Of The Moderates -- But Will It Last?

by David Brady, Brett Parkervia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Throughout this primary season, poll after poll has indicated that Democratic voters are overwhelming focused on finding a candidate who can make Donald Trump a one-term president. By a 2-to-1 ratio, likely primary voters place beating Trump above selecting a nominee who shares their policy positions.

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Explaining Political Uncertainty

by David Bradyvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The country is currently facing electoral and political instability due to economic and demographic changes that are breaking apart existing voting blocs. This instability will continue until one party finds a dominant set of issues that attracts a winning coalition of voters. Stabilizing the political landscape will require party coalitions to address critical issues like immigration, inequality, worker insecurity, environmental challenges, and trade in a way that brings together a stable majority of voters.

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Area 45: About Those Debates . . .With David Brady And Doug Rivers

interview with David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Area 45
Monday, July 1, 2019

Who can challenge President Trump in 2020?

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Whom The Democrats Nominate In 2020 Matters -- A Lot

by David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Conventional wisdom about presidential campaign strategy changed around the turn of the current century. Traditionally, candidates were advised to move to the center in the general election campaign after catering to the party bases in the primaries. Not anymore. George W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns exemplify the shift.

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