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Terry Moe

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Terry Moe

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Terry M. Moe is the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He has written extensively on the presidency and public bureaucracy, as well as American politics and political institutions more generally. His 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), “Power and Political Institutions,” “Political Control and the Power of the Agent,.” “Vested Interests and Political Institutions,” “Public Sector Unions and the Costs of Government” (with Sarah Anzia), and “Do Politicians Use Policy to Make Politics? The Case of Public Sector Labor Laws” (with Sarah Anzia). 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 past 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).

Other Titles

Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Political Science

Recent Publications

Howell, W. G. G., & Moe, T. M. M. (2023). The strongman presidency and the two logics of presidential power. PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES QUARTERLY.

Howell, W. G., & Moe, T. M. (2021). America's Crisis of Democracy. POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, 136(1), 105–27.

Moe, T. M. (2021). Vested Interests in a Time of Crisis. National Affairs, (47).

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