David Brady

Davies Family Senior Fellow
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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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Independents’ Day

by David Bradyvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, April 7, 2012

By David W. Brady and Douglas Rivers

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Independents' Day

by David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 6, 2012

Win over those “none of the above” voters, and you win the White House. By David W. Brady and Douglas Rivers.

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Will Independents Vote GOP In 2012?

by David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Survey data show it would be a mistake to assume that dissatisfaction with President Obama will translate into votes for GOP nominee...

Will Independents Vote GOP in 2012?

by David Bradyvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

More Americans now call themselves independents than Democrats or Republicans, and New Hampshire, the site of Tuesday's GOP primary, is no different.

Can economy wait until 2012 election?

by David Bradyvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, November 21, 2011

President Barack Obama has now spent more than two months calling on Congress to pass his $447-billion jobs bill. The president insists it will, “provide our economy with the jolt it really needs right now.”

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Can economy wait til 2012 election?

by David Brady, Tammy Frisbyvia Politico
Sunday, November 20, 2011

2013 could begin a transformative period in American policy making...That will be then. This is now. And, for now, don’t expect much in way of legislation that could seriously address our real and mounting economic problems...

Analysis and Commentary

Do Americans Favor a Flat Tax?

by David Brady, Tammy Frisbyvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Support for a single rate isn't high, but there's a big group of undecideds up for grabs...

Do Americans Favor a Flat Tax?

by David Bradyvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

By David Brady and Tammy Frisby

Building a Majority

by David Bradyvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

In general, I agree with Representative Cooper’s analysis of the problems facing the United States. Our real national debt, including unfunded liabilities, is much higher than $15 trillion.

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Building a Majority

by David Bradyvia Boston Review
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Solving the problems so clearly set out by Representative Cooper will not be achieved by tinkering with House and Senate rules and norms. Rather, the solution is for leaders to build majorities for their views...