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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Obama could be an education innovator, but the Democrats are weak on school choice and downright timid on the teachers’ unions.

Yes, He Can—but Will He?

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2009

Obama could be an education innovator, but the Democrats are weak on school choice and downright timid on the teachers’ unions. By Terry M. Moe.

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Liberating Learning

by Terry M. Moe, John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The information revolution has globalized the international economy, made communication and social networking virtually instantaneous and costless, and started the first stirrings of a revolution in how children can learn and be educated.

Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education

Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education

by John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moevia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Technology has transformed all aspects of our everyday lives. From online banking to social networking, we communicate, connect, and consume in ways radically different from the past. Yet the average classroom is not that different from the classroom of fifty years ago.

Video Commentary with Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and Paul Peterson

Video Commentary with Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and Paul Peterson

with Terry M. Moe, Paul E. Petersonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, March 13, 2009

Hoover Institution senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Terry Moe and Paul Peterson comment on the controversy surrounding the likely termination of the Washington, D.C., voucher program. Moe and Peterson discuss why vouchers are important for students, particularly disadvantaged ones; why many teachers and Democrats do not like the voucher program; why Democrats voted to end the voucher program; and why private schools work best for disadvantaged students. Video transcript (6:27).

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Collective Bargaining and School Performance

by Terry M. Moevia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Teachers’ union power is heavily bound by politics

Analysis and Commentary

Change Our Public Schools Need

by Terry M. Moevia Wall Street Journal
Monday, November 24, 2008

Can Barack Obama bring change to American education?...

Analysis and Commentary

Management 101 for Our Public Schools

by Terry M. Moevia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Department of Education recently announced its first grants in a new $94-million program to fund incentive-pay plans for teachers...

How to Succeed without Really Trying

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

School “reform” is fine with the teachers unions—as long as it doesn’t really change anything. Terry M. Moe explains how to reform the reforms.

Analysis and Commentary

Put to the Test

by Terry M. Moevia Stanford Magazine
Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Debate about the state of U.S. public schools heated up with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001, better known as No Child Left Behind…

Analysis and Commentary

The Qualified Teacher Charade

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The HOUSSE provisions create a loophole big enough to drive three million veteran teachers through—and the states have incentives to do just that.

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