Morris P. Fiorina

Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Political and Social Science
National Academy of Sciences

Morris P. Fiorina is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His current research focuses on elections and public opinion with particular attention to the quality of representation: how well the positions of elected officials reflect the preferences of the public.

During the course of his forty-year career Fiorina has published numerous articles and books on national politics including Congress—Keystone of the Washington Establishment (Yale University Press, 1977), Retrospective Voting in American National Elections (Yale University Press, 1981), and Divided Government (Allyn & Bacon, 1992). The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence, coauthored with Bruce Cain and John Ferejohn (Harvard University Press, 1987), won the 1988 Richard F. Fenno Prize. He is also coeditor of Continuity and Change in House Elections (Stanford University Press and Hoover Press, 2000). The third edition of his 2004 groundbreaking book Culture War: The Myth of a Polarized America (with Samuel J. Abrams and Jeremy C. Pope) was published in 2011. He coedited Can We Talk? The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics (Pearson, 2013). Most recently he published Unstable Majorities (Hoover, 2017). 

Fiorina has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. He has served on the editorial boards of more than a dozen journals on political science, law, political economy, and public policy. From 1986 to 1990 he was chairman of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies.

Fiorina received his BA degree from Allegheny College and his MA and PhD from the University of Rochester. He lives in Portola Valley, California.

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Overcoming Our Crisis Of Confidence In Democracy

by Morris P. Fiorinavia PolicyEd
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Western democracies overcame a crisis of confidence decades ago. Can do they it again?

The Majority-Minority Myth

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 26, 2021

Identity politics, which supposedly boost the Democrats’ electoral chances, aren’t the sure bet they might appear. Why? Because Americans’ identities are steadily blending into each other.

In the News

We See The Left. We See The Right. Can Anyone See The ‘Exhausted Majority’?

featuring Morris P. Fiorinavia The New York Times
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

If it’s gone, the consequences are enormous.

In the News

Analysis: Exodus Of Republican Voters Tired Of Trump Could Push Party Further Right

quoting Morris P. Fiorinavia KFGO
Thursday, February 18, 2021

A surge of Republicans quitting the party to renounce Donald Trump after the deadly Capitol riot could hurt moderates in next year's primaries, adding a capstone to Trump's legacy as president: A potentially lasting rightward push on the party.


The Myth Of A Majority-Minority Nation

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

In 2002, influential political observers John Judis and Ruy Teixeira published a book that helped craft an enduring narrative. “The Emerging Democratic Majority” postulated that ongoing socio-demographic trends worked to the advantage of the Democratic Party. These trends included a growing percentage of ethnic minorities, along with increasing percentages of younger voters, unmarried working women, and the college-educated. 


Morris Fiorina: Why Electing Biden (Or Trump) Won't Settle Anything For Long

interview with Morris P. Fiorinavia Reason
Monday, November 2, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Morris Fiorina discusses the impact of the presidential election.

In the News

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


Morris P. Fiorina: Why 'Electoral Chaos' Is Here To Stay

interview with Morris P. Fiorinavia Reason
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Morris Fiorina says we are in an extended age of "unstable majorities" because neither the Republican Party nor the Democratic Party is popular enough to get and hold enduring legislative power. The result is a historically rare period in which control of the White House and each house of Congress regularly flips back and forth between the two parties.


Why Issue-Based Strategies Won’t Help Trump Win Re-Election

by Davide Angelucci, Lorenzo De Sio, Morris P. Fiorina, Mark Franklinvia The London School of Economics and Political Science
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The US presidential election on 3 November will be watched closely in Europe. Drawing on recent survey evidence, Davide Angelucci, Lorenzo De Sio, Morris P. Fiorina and Mark N. Franklin illuminate the challenge facing Donald Trump in his bid for re-election. There are currently no divisive issues on which Trump stands to win more support from independents and Democrats than he stands to lose from his own support-base, while on issues for which goals are widely shared, Trump lacks credibility compared to Joe Biden.


Morris Fiorina: Party Sorting To Blame For Political Stalemate, Says Stanford Political Scientist

interview with Morris P. Fiorinavia Stanford News
Monday, October 26, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Morris Fiorina talks about political polarization in America today. He argues that while the leadership and activists among the nation’s two main political parties are deeply polarized, the broader American public is not.