Terry M. Moe

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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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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Is The Constitution Out Of Date?

interview with Terry M. Moevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government--and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency

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Conservatives And Constitutional Change

by Terry M. Moe, William G. Howellvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Constitution is a brilliant document, but it’s time for a more effective system of governance.

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Our Outdated Constitution

by Terry M. Moe, William G. Howellvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, June 2, 2016

How our founding document undermines effective government—and why we need a more powerful presidency.

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Fix The Broken US Government With 'Fast Track'

by William G. Howell, Terry M. Moevia CNN
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The media's wall-to-wall coverage of Donald Trump and the presidential horse race is a distraction from the main event -- namely, that American government is dysfunctional.

Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government

by William G. Howell, Terry M. Moevia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Our government is failing us. From health care to immigration, from the tax code to climate change, our political institutions cannot deal effectively with the challenges of modern society. Why the dysfunction? Contemporary reformers single out the usual suspects, including polarization and the rise in campaign spending. But what if the roots go much deeper, to the nation’s founding? 

John E. Chubb
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A Tribute To John Chubb

by Terry M. Moe featuring John E. Chubbvia EducationNext
Friday, November 20, 2015

John Chubb passed away on November 12, 2015, after a valiant struggle with cancer. I am at a loss for words. I suppose I should start with the obvious: that with his passing the nation lost a pioneer in education reform, someone who, for a quarter century, fought hard for change, innovation, and improvement in America’s schools.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December
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Teachers Unions Vs. Students

by Terry M. Moevia Prager U
Monday, July 28, 2014

There is a dilemma in American education. On the one hand, teachers are essential to student achievement. On the other, teachers unions promote self-interests of their members which are antithetical to the interests of students. So, how do we fix this problem?

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Special: Moe, Evers, and Damon on the John Batchelor Show

by Terry M. Moe, William Damon, Williamson M. Eversvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 9, 2014

In conjunction with a special live taping of the John Batchelor Show at the Hoover Spring Retreat, John Batchelor and Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal hosted a discussion on education reform, featuring Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and William Damon and Hoover research fellows Williamsom Evers.

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Moe on John Batchelor Show: “they will have the best the world has to offer”

by Terry M. Moevia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hoover senior fellow Terry Moe discusses education on the John Batchelor Show. Topics include the teachers’ unions, the difficulty of endogenous change, and education technology.

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Has Ed Reform Failed?

by Terry M. Moevia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Real change won’t come until we strip teachers unions of their power.

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