Terry M. Moe

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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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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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American Education in 2030

by Grover J. Whitehurst, Paul E. Peterson, Terry M. Moe, Tom Loveless, Paul T. Hill, Eric Hanushek, Williamson M. Evers, John E. Chubb, Caroline M. Hoxby, Chester E. Finn Jr., Herbert J. Walbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, March 22, 2010

In these essays, members of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on K-12 education, joined by several keen-eyed observers, blend prediction with prescription to paint a vivid picture of American primary and secondary education in 2030.

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Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future

by John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moe with Chester E. Finn Jr., Eric Hanushek, Caroline M. Hoxbyvia InsiderOnline (Heritage Foundation)
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

At the risk of making technological marvels sound like magic potions, a very good case can be made —or more precisely, Terry Moe and John Chubb have made it in their very good book—that the most potent force for fundamentally changing such patterns of mediocrity and worse is higher and higher technology, as it can accomplish what politics and bureaucracies are encoded to block. . . .

Terry Moe&esquo;s Liberating Learning interview.

Video Commentary with Hoover senior fellow Terry Moe

with Terry M. Moevia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hoover Institution senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Terry Moe and Eric Hanushek discuss Moe’s new book Liberating Learning. Video transcript (10:41)

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