Peter M. Robinson

Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow
Biography: 

Peter M. Robinson is the Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's video series program, Uncommon Knowledge™.

Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life (Regan Books, 2003); It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP, (Warner Books, 2000); and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA (Warner Books, 1994; still available in paperback).

In 1979, he graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he majored in English. He went on to study politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University, from which he graduated in 1982.

Robinson spent six years in the White House, serving from 1982 to 1983 as chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush and from 1983 to 1988 as special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. He wrote the historic Berlin Wall address in which President Reagan called on General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall!"

After the White House, Robinson attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. (The journal he kept formed the basis for Snapshots from Hell.) He graduated with an MBA in 1990.

Robinson then spent a year in New York City with Fox Television, reporting to the owner of the company, Rupert Murdoch. He spent a second year in Washington, D.C., with the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as the director of the Office of Public Affairs, Policy Evaluation, and Research. Robinson joined the Hoover Institution in 1993.

The author of numerous essays and interviews, Robinson has published in the New York Times, Red Herring, and Forbes ASAP, the Wall Street Journal, and National Review Online. He is the editor of Can Congress Be Fixed?: Five Essays on Congressional Reform (Hoover Institution Press, 1995).

In 2005, Robinson was elected to serve as a Trustee of Dartmouth College.

Robinson lives in northern California with his wife, their children and their dog, Crusoe.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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The Economy According to Taylor and Judd: Chapter 3 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with John B. Taylor, Kenneth L. Juddvia National Review Online
Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Bush says an economic-stimulus package comprised of tax rebates is necessary to get the economy going again...

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Why the Stimulus Package is a Stinker

by Peter M. Robinson with John B. Taylor, Kenneth L. Juddvia Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008

"Passing a new growth package is our most pressing economic priority,” President Bush said recently, pressing Congress to agree to a stimulus package...

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You're All Witnesses

by Peter M. Robinson with Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Over a cup of coffee this afternoon, Victor Davis Hanson and yours truly made a bet...

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The Economy According to Taylor and Judd: Chapter 2 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with John B. Taylor, Kenneth L. Juddvia National Review Online
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Much of the recent economic and stock market indigestion is the result of the sub-prime credit crisis that erupted last summer...

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Was Ben Spooked?

by Peter M. Robinson with John B. Taylor, Kenneth L. Juddvia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

As stock markets around the world tumbled last month, the Fed cut its interest rate by 125 basis points, from 4 ¼ to just 3 percent, in a space of just eight days...

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How Bad Is It Really?

by Peter M. Robinson with John B. Taylor, Kenneth L. Juddvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, February 11, 2008

Today on Uncommon Knowledge, the first part of my interview with two brilliant economists, John Taylor and Kenneth Judd...

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The Economy According to Taylor and Judd

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Kenneth L. Judd, John B. Taylorvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 11, 2008

Are we, in fact, in a recession? If not, is one still headed our way? Economists John Taylor and Kenn Judd discuss not only the state of the current economic slowdown, but how the definition of recession is evolving. (30:58) Video transcript

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The Economy According to Taylor and Judd: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Kenneth L. Judd, John B. Taylorvia National Review Online
Monday, February 11, 2008

Are we, in fact, in a recession?

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Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 5 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Shelby Steelevia National Review Online
Friday, February 1, 2008

Why can’t Obama win?

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Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 4 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Shelby Steelevia National Review Online
Thursday, January 31, 2008

Shelby Steele describes the practice of “masking” in the black culture...

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