David Brady

Davies Family Senior Fellow
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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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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

David W. Brady

by Peter M. Robinsonwith David Bradyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Professor David W. Brady discusses the role that gridlock plays in shaping national policy with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson. Together they look at key legislative issues, from the divided government under Reagan, through Clinton's Democratic government, to complete unified Republican control under George W. Bush, analyzing important cruxes in lawmaking: the swing votes, the veto, the filibuster, and the rise of tough budget politics.

Hanna Rosin on the rising influence of evangelical Christians

with Hanna Rosin, David Bradyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Reporter Hanna Rosin outlines the rising influence of evangelical Christians in American politics in this conversation with Hoover deputy director David Brady. After a lengthy period of disengagement, evangelicals (such as those graduating from the recently established Patrick Henry College) are looking to reshape the culture through political activism. At the same time, evangelicals increasingly find themselves part of the mainstream in Washington, D.C.. Rosin suggests that even the language of politics has changed, with spiritual references now the norm in speeches by the president and members of Congress.

Joan Biskupic on Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor

with Joan Biskupic, David Bradyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Author Joan Biskupic talks with Hoover's own David Brady about her new biography of soon-to-be-retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Ms. Biskupic contends that O'Connor's influential tenure on the nation's highest court had as much to do with her consensus style and advocacy as it did with being a moderate among strongly liberal and conservative peers.

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.

David Brady and Morris Fiorina discuss The 2008 Elections: Setting the Scene

with David Brady, Morris P. Fiorinavia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 29, 2007

David Brady and Morris Fiorina discuss The 2008 Elections: Setting the Scene (44:41)

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