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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In the News

Locally Elected School Boards Are Failing

quoting Terry M. Moevia Education Next
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Pandemic stress-tested school governance, revealing many flaws.
Analysis and Commentary

Big Government Vastly Expanded Presidential Power. Republicans Use It To Sabotage The Administrative State.

by Terry M. Moe, William G. Howellvia The Washington Post
Monday, November 1, 2021

As Donald Trump’s term in office well demonstrated, presidential power has grown so dramatically during the modern era that any autocratically inclined president has the means to threaten democracy itself. How could this have happened to the oldest, best-established democratic government in the world? As our research shows, the answer has a lot to do with the rise of the administrative state.


Terry Moe: Re-Imagine Chicago: Obstacles To School Reform

interview with Terry M. Moevia WBEZ
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe argues that, while urban school systems are in desperate need of innovative reforms, productive change is often blocked by stiff resistance from education’s vested interests — notably, teachers unions and school boards.

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Populism

interview with Terry M. Moe, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

What it is to be a “populist” in this day and age – both in America and Europe. 

In the News

A Company Of Authors

mentioning George P. Shultz, John B. Taylor, Terry M. Moevia Stanford Continuing Studies
Saturday, April 24, 2021

For the eighteenth consecutive year, a distinguished group of Stanford writers and editors will make a brief presentation about their recently published books. This program is hosted by Peter Stansky, Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford. Drop in, or even better, indulge yourself by spending the entire afternoon in the company of these bright, entertaining, and stimulating writers online.


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.
In the News

‘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.

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.