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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Why Vouchers Will Enrich Public Schools

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Voucher programs would starve public schools of funding. True or false? Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe.

The Structure of School Choice

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

We need the school choice that voucher programs would introduce, but we also need to make certain such voucher programs are properly structured. How government rules can make voucher programs—or break them. By Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe.

How Choice Will Prevail

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 30, 2001

The battle for school choice may last decades, but the advocates of choice will ultimately prevail. Here’s why. By Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe.

A Primer on America's Schools
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A Primer on America's Schools

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, July 16, 2001

In this volume the eleven members of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education provide a broad overview of the American education system—pulling together basic facts about its structure and operation, identifying key problems that hinder its performance, and offering perspectives

Taking on the Unions

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2001

There is no way around it: reforming our schools means reforming the teachers’ unions. By Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe.

Analysis and Commentary

Teachers Unions and the Prospects for Better Schools

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 11, 2000

Teachers unions have more influence on the public schools than any other groups in American society.

The Public Revolution Private Money Could Cause

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

School vouchers offer an unprecedented opportunity to improve educational opportunities for children in our inner cities. So why does the left oppose them? By Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe.

The Surprising Politics of School Choice

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe describes the surprising political alliances now being forged in the school choice movement--and argues that the movement is gaining strength.

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