Terry M. Moe

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Terry M. Moe is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 education, and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political science at Stanford University.

Moe has written extensively on the politics and reform of American education. In his new book, The Politics of Institutional Reform: Katrina, Education, and the Second Face of Power (Cambridge University Press, 2019), he treats Hurricane Katrina as a natural experiment that offers a rare opportunity to learn about the role of power in the politics of institutional reform.

His seminal book with John E. Chubb, Politics, Markets, and America's Schools, is among the most influential and controversial works on education to be published during the last two decades—showing how politics shapes and undermines the public schools and arguing the value of school choice. In Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of America (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Moe and John E. Chubb map out a dynamic vision of the nation's educational future, showing how the ideas and innovations of information technology will ultimately transform the public schools to the benefit of the nation and its children. For more information, visit the Liberating Learning website.

Moe is also the author of Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools (Brookings Institution Press, 2011), the first comprehensive study of America’s teachers' unions, and Schools, Vouchers, and the American Public (Brookings Institution Press, 2001), the first detailed analysis of public opinion on the voucher issue. In addition, he is the editor of A Primer on America's Schools (Hoover Institution Press, 2001) and the author of many published articles.

In 2005, Moe received the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation Prize for Excellence in Education.

As a political scientist, Moe’s research interests extend well beyond public education. He has written extensively on public bureaucracy and the presidency, and the theory of political institutions more generally. His most prominent articles include "The New Economics of Organization," "The Politicized Presidency," "The Politics of Bureaucratic Structure," "Political Institutions: The Neglected Side of the Story," "Presidents, Institutions, and Theory," “The Presidential Power of Unilateral Action” (with William Howell), and “Power and Political Institutions.”

In addition to his positions at Stanford and Hoover, Moe has served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC.

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NJ Unions to Challenge Benefit Cuts

by Terry M. Moevia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, August 5, 2011

Dagen McDowell interviews Terry Moe on a lawsuit by New Jersey teachers’ unions.

Analysis and Commentary

The Internet Will Reduce Teachers Union Power

by Terry M. Moevia Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 18, 2011

Online learning means fewer teachers (and union members) per student...

The Internet Will Reduce Teachers’ Union Power

by Terry M. Moevia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, July 18, 2011

This has been a horrible year for teachers unions.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December

The Staggering Power of the Teachers' Unions

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A look at the most powerful force in American education—and it isn’t a force for good. By Terry M. Moe.

California in the Dark Ages

by Terry M. Moevia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, June 20, 2011

You’d think that California, the home of Silicon Valley, would be at the forefront of the movement to harness technology in boosting K-12 education. But nothing could be further from the truth. California remains in the dark ages.

Analysis and Commentary

California in the Dark Ages

by Terry M. Moevia Liberating Learning
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

You’d think that California, the home of Silicon Valley, would be at the forefront of the movement to harness technology in boosting K-12 education. But nothing could be further from the truth...

Choice as a Moderating Move to the Center

by Terry M. Moevia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, April 22, 2011

In our commentary this week, Paul Hill and I propose that the nation move toward a "mixed model" of American education--a blended institutional system that is somewhere in-between the extremes of an all-government system and a free market system, and is designed to ta

Analysis and Commentary

Choice as a Moderating Move to the Center

by Terry M. Moevia Futures of School Reform (Education Week)
Thursday, April 21, 2011

You needn't be a free-market fanatic to recognize that choice and competition, when properly designed and regulated, have much to contribute--more options for families, stronger incentives for schools, greater potential for dynamism and innovation...

Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America's Public Schools

Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America's Public Schools

by Terry M. Moevia The Brookings Institution
Friday, April 15, 2011

Terry Moe, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 education, and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political sci

American Education in 2030: A New Politics of Education

by Terry M. Moevia Analysis
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In 2010 the American education system was doing what it did best. It was surviving. 

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