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
Biography: 

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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Can We Talk?: The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics

by Morris P. Fiorina, Daniel M. Sheavia Pearson
Thursday, March 1, 2012

To many, the angry protestors at town hall meetings, the death threats toward politicians, the inflammatory language online and over the airwaves, and the language of politician themselves are making America politics an ugly, mean-spirited, and nasty affair.

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The Road to (and from) the 2010 Elections

by David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Policy Review
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What happened to the president and his party...?

The Road to (and from) the 2010 Elections

by David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Policy Review
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What happened to the president and his party?

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Morris Fiorina & Daron Shaw: The Road to (and from?) 2008

with Morris P. Fiorinavia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

At the Fall 2008 Hoover Retreat, Hoover fellow Morris Fiorina and Daron Shaw analyze the state of John McCain's campaign two weeks prior to election night. (1:18:53)

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)

No Gain in Democratic Voter Registration since 1994

Purple Voters in the Golden State

by Morris P. Fiorina, Samuel J. Abramsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 19, 2007

California’s Republican Party has drifted off the centrist track. But its voters haven’t. By Morris P. Fiorina and Samuel J. Abrams.

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Polarization in America

with David Brady, Morris P. Fiorinavia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 4, 2007

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.

Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America's Polarized Politics

with David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Pietro Nivolavia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, April 18, 2007

During the past decade, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have been able to capture a majority of the vote in national elections. In fact, the country hasn't been so evenly divided since the 1870s. Some say this is evidence of a culture war and a political divide that has split the country into two Americas. Others disagree, arguing that in fact most Americans are in the moderate middle and are divided on relatively few issues. Who's right?

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The Center Holds

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

America is not the fatally polarized nation we often imagine it to be. On most issues, the majority of red-staters and blue-staters are on the same side. By Morris P. Fiorina.

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