David Brady

Davies Family Senior Fellow
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Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

David Brady is the Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  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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The State Of America’s Disunion

by Michael Spence, David Bradyvia Project Syndicate
Monday, November 23, 2020

The 2020 US presidential election followed a pattern very similar to the contest in 2016, with narrow margins in a few key counties determining the outcome in battleground states. And the record-breaking turnout on both sides was a sign not of a healthy democracy but of an anxious one.

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David Brady And Doug Rivers: The 2020 Election: What The Polls Did And Didn’t Get Right | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellows Dave Brady and Doug Rivers discuss the 2020 election and what the polls did and didn’t get right.

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America Has Voted: What Happened With Alan Abramowitz, David Brady, And Keena Lipsitz

mentioning David Bradyvia YouTube
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Alan Abramowitz, David Brady, and Keena Lipsitz discuss the 2020 election.


Who Will Win The US Presidential Election?

by Michael Spence, David Bradyvia Project Syndicate
Saturday, October 31, 2020

If the latest polls are any indication, Joe Biden is on track to win the popular vote in the upcoming US presidential election by a substantial margin, and an Electoral College reversal of that outcome, like in 2016, is unlikely. But the polls have been wrong before, including in 2016.

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Post-Election Panel Discussion With David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, And Douglas Rivers

featuring David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Stanford Department of Political Science
Friday, October 30, 2020

Date: Wed, Nov 4 2020, 11:30am - 12:30pm

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Area 45: And The Winner Is . . .

interview with David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Bill Whalenvia Area 45
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

What do the polls suggest about the health of the two candidacies? 


9 Things To Know About Election Polling Data, According To Stanford Pollster David Brady

interview with David Bradyvia Stanford News
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow David Brady discusses the lessons pollsters learned in the 2016 election and what to know about tracking election forecasts in 2020.

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Area 45: “Your Lights Are Getting Dimmer”

interview with David Bradyvia Area 45
Thursday, October 8, 2020

David Brady reviews polling data showing how the 2020 race compares, at this point, to 2016’s contest nationally and in battleground states. 

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Continetti: It’s Not Over Yet, Despite What Press May Think

cited David Bradyvia The Washington Free Beacon
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Washington Free Beacon founding editor Matthew Continetti on Thursday cautioned against assuming that Joe Biden's polling lead is insurmountable.

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Biden Vs. Trump: A Snapshot From 2016

by David Bradyvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

As the campaign enters the homestretch, the Democrat’s lead remains narrower in the battleground states.