Terry M. Moe

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Terry M. Moe is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political science at Stanford University.

He has written extensively on the presidency and public bureaucracy as well as political institutions more generally, publishing many scholarly articles on these topics.  His most recent books are Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government--And Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency (with William Howell, 2016), and Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy (with William Howell, 2020).

He has also written extensively on the politics of American education.  His most recent books are The Politics of Institutional Reform: Katrina, Education, and the Second Face of Power (2019), The Comparative Politics of Education: Teachers Unions and Education Systems Around the World (edited with Susanne Wiborg, 2017), and Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools (2011). His prior work on education includes Politics, Markets, and America's Schools (1990) and Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education (2009), both with John E. Chubb, and Schools, Vouchers, and the American Public (2001).

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Terry Moe: Should U.S. Presidents Have Fast-Track Authority To Get Things Done?

interview with Terry M. Moevia Reason
Friday, March 26, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe says to save our democracy, we have to make the U.S. government faster, more efficient, and more effective — and we can do that by expanding the power of the executive branch to use "fast-track" authority to approve all types of legislation.
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‘Presidents, Populism, And The Crisis Of Democracy’ Review: A Big-Thinking Executive

featuring Terry M. Moevia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

[Subscription Required] The U.S. Constitution, a pair of political scientists contend, is not a document to be revered but an obstacle to good governance.

William Howell And Terry Moe On The Presidency

interview with Terry M. Moevia Democracy Paradox
Monday, November 2, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe discusses his book, coauthored with William Howell, titled Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy.

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How A Stronger Presidency Could Lead To More Effective Government

by William G. Howell, Terry M. Moevia The Washington Post
Monday, September 14, 2020

And more effective government could help reduce populism.

Terry Moe: The Threat of the Republican Party Goes Deeper Than Trump

interview with Terry M. Moe
Friday, August 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe discusses what is needed to guide not just the Republican Party forward, but the American government as well.


Politics And Prose With Terry Moe

interview with Terry M. Moevia Politics and Prose
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe discusses his recent book Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy.

In the News

Stanford Scholar Says Major Reforms Are Needed To Save Our Democracy

featuring Terry M. Moevia Stanford News
Monday, August 10, 2020

The United States is facing a historic crisis that fundamentally threatens our democratic system of government, according to Stanford political scientist Terry Moe.

Analysis and Commentary

Reality Check: What Will It Take To Reopen Schools Amid The Pandemic? 5 Experts Weigh In On Politics And Education Reform

by Terry M. Moevia The 74 Million
Monday, July 20, 2020

This is the sixth in a series of invited responses to some of the big, unanswered questions facing America’s schools as they prepare to reopen in the fall. The Center on Reinventing Public Education, in partnership with The 74, fielded responses from a diverse roster of educators and policymakers in order to promote creative thinking and debate about how we can collectively meet student needs in an extraordinarily challenging school year, and beyond. 

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Eyes On November

mentioning Terry M. Moevia Inside Higher Education
Friday, July 17, 2020

A recent political ad features a voter looking back fondly on a time before bipartisan cooperation vanished from Washington, D.C. The sentiment is hardly unusual, although it was strange to learn that the voter had 2014 in mind. To each their own golden age. Someday people will even feel nostalgia for this, the weirdest of all presidential election years.

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Terry Moe: The Future Of Education Reform And Its Politics | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Terry M. Moevia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Terry Moe Discusses The Future Of Education Reform And Its Politics.