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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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...

David Brady and Daniel Kessler

Health Care Reform with David Brady and Daniel Kessler

by Peter M. Robinsonwith David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 19, 2009

Brady and Kessler combine the insights of a political scientist with those of an economist and offer unique observations into the political forces and policies at play in the current health care debate.

David Brady

Public Opinion and Health Reform

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Americans reject the cost of health care legislation but favor helping the chronically ill.

Figure 1. Where the Republicans of 2004 Diverged on Bush’s Performance

Blue Shift

by David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Laurel Harbridgevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2009

The recent elections crowned a long-rising Democratic dominance. The pattern may hold—or crumble. By David W. Brady, Douglas Rivers, and Laurel Harbridge.

Figure 1 Party Identification 1952–2004

The 2008 Democratic Shift

by David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Laurel Harbridgevia Policy Review
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

How voters have changed and why

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