David Brady

Davies Family Senior Fellow
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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 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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Analysis and Commentary

ObamaCare and the Independent Vote

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kessler, Douglas Riversvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, June 19, 2010

Voter opposition hasn't changed, and it could be decisive in November...

ObamaCare and the Independent Vote

by David Bradyvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, June 19, 2010

By David Brady, Daniel Kessler And Douglas Rivers

Where radical changes are unpopular, there is no such thing as a safe seat. By David W. Brady, Daniel P. Kessler, and Douglas Rivers.

This Wasn’t in the Plan . . .

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kessler, Douglas Riversvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Where radical changes are unpopular, there is no such thing as a safe seat. By David W. Brady, Daniel P. Kessler, and Douglas Rivers.

Why is Health Reform So Difficult?

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Economics Working Papers
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Economics Working Paper WP10103

Analysis and Commentary

Health Care Is Hurting Democrats

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kessler, Douglas Riversvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New polling data show that voters know exactly where candidates stand. . . .

The Bill for This Baby

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Enthusiasm for universal coverage plummets when people find out how much they’d have to pay. By David W. Brady and Daniel P. Kessler.

Leadership and Growth

by David Brady, Michael Spencevia World Bank Publications
Monday, January 4, 2010

Does leadership affect economic growth and development?

Who Supports Health Reform?

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Economics Working Papers
Friday, January 1, 2010

Economics Working Paper WP10101

Analysis and Commentary

Public Opinion and Health Reform

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 6, 2009

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama said that an "unprecedented consensus has come together behind" health-care reform...

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