Terry Moe

Terry Moe

William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science
Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Contact Info

tmoe [at] stanford [dot] edu
(650) 725 8212
Office Location: 
Hoover 302
Office Hours: 
By Appointment

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 public bureaucracy and the presidency, as well as the theory of 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,” and “Political Control and the Power of the Agent.”

He has also written extensively on the politics of American education.  His newest book, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools (2011), provides the first comprehensive study of this nation’s teachers unions, their exercise of power in collective bargaining and politics, and its consequences for the public schools.  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). 

Selected Works

"Public Sector Unions and the Costs of Government." 2015. Journal of Politics.  With Sarah F. Anzia.  (Forthcoming)

"Vested Interests and Political Institutions." 2015. Political Science Quarterly (forthcoming).

 “Delegation, Control, and the Study of Public Bureaucracy.” 2013. In Robert Gibbons and John Roberts, eds. Handbook of Organizational Economics (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press). Also published in The Forum Vol. 10 No. 2 (July, 2012)

"Focusing on Fundamentals: A Reply to Koski and Horng"Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. March 2014, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 120–123

"Collective Bargaining, Transfer Rights, and Disadvantaged Schools". Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. March 2014, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 83–111.

"The Politics of Pensions". APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper; American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting.

"Teachers Unions and American Education Reform: The Politics of Blocking." The Forum. 2012. Vol. 10: Iss. 1, Article 4.

"Public Sector Unions and the Costs of Government" August 3, 2012. APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper.

"The Revolution in Presidential Studies". December 2009. Presidential Studies Quarterly, Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 701–724. 

“Collective Bargaining and the Performance of the Public Schools.”  American Journal of Political Science. January 2009. Vol. 53 No. 1, pp. 156-174.  

“The Presidential Power of Unilateral Action.” 1999. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 15 no. 1 (April): 132-179. With William Howell. Reprinted in Daniel A. Farber, ed., Public Choice and Public Law. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2007.

"The Institutional Foundations of Democratic Government: A Comparison of Presidential and Parliamentary Systems." 1994. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 150/1: 171-195. With Michael Caldwell. Reprinted in Susan Rose-Ackerman, ed., Economics of Administrative Law (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2007).

"The New Economics of Organization." 1984. American Journal of Political Science 28 (November): 739-777. Reprinted in Problemi Di Amministrazione Pubblica. 1989. Quadreno N.13. Also Reprinted in Jun Ma, Bin Xiao, and Yaping Liu, A Selected Collection of Transaction Cost Politics (Renmin University of China, 2007).

“Power and Political Institutions.” 2005. Perspectives on Politics. Vol. 3, No. 2 (June): 215-33. Reprinted in Rethinking Political Institutions: The Art of the State, edited by Ian Shapiro, Stephen Skowronek and Daniel Galvin. New York: New York University Press, 2006.

“Teachers Unions and School Board Elections.” 2005. In William G. Howell, ed., Beseiged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution).

"Political Control and the Power of the Agent". The Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization. November 2005. Vol. 22, No. 1.

“Politics, Control, and the Future of School Accountability.” 2003. In Paul E. Peterson and Martin West, eds., Leave No Child Behind? The Politics and Practices of School Accountability (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution).

"Political Institutions: The Neglected Side of the Story." 1990. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 6: 213-254. Reprinted in Charles K. Rowley, ed., Public Choice Theory. 1993. Hant, England: Edward Elgar.

"Presidents and the Politics of Structure." 1994. Law and Contemporary Problems 57 (Spring): 1-44. With Scott A. Wilson.

“The Politics of Bureaucratic Structure.” 1989. Can the Government Govern?, edited by John E. Chubb and Paul E. Peterson, Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution: 267-329.

"Control and Feedback in Economic Regulation: The Case of the NLRB." 1985. American Political Science Review 79 (December): 1094-1116.

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