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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Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

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. 

In the News

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.

Terry Moe: The Future of Education Reform and Its Politics

interview with Terry M. Moevia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Terry Moe: The Future of Education Reform and Its Politics
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

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An Imperfect Storm

by Daniel Disalvo featuring Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Hoover fellow Terry Moe scrutinizes the creative destruction that Hurricane Katrina wrought, quite literally, on New Orleans’ schools. 

Policy StoriesFeatured

The Politics Of Institutional Reform

by Terry M. Moevia PolicyEd
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

In the New Orleans school system after Hurricane Katrina, we get the rare opportunity to observe what happens when vested interest power—which normally protects bad institutions from change—is removed from the equation, and decision makers are free to do whatever seems to work in seeking real reform.