Gerald A. Dorfman

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Gerald A. Dorfman is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor (by courtesy) of political science at Stanford. He was formerly associate director for research at the Hoover Institution.

Dorfman is an authority and does research on British and European politics including the European Union. He is also interested in U.S. foreign policy and international relations.

Dorfman's books include British Trade Unionism against the Trade Union Congress (Macmillan and Hoover); Government versus Trade Unionism in British Politics since 1968 (Macmillan and Hoover); and Wage Politics in Britain, 1945–1967 (Iowa State University and Charles Knight). He is also the coeditor (with Peter Duignan) of The Politics of Western Europe (Hoover) and (with Steffen Schmidt) of Soldiers in Politics (Geron-X).

He has been a member of the executive committee of the British Politics Group, as well as cofounder and editor of its Newsletter. He was also cofounder and publisher of the journals Educational Policy: Political Methodology and Politics and Society.

Subjects of his many presentations at conferences and before organizations include British politics, European and comparative politics, and American foreign policy.

Dorfman served in the Agency for International Development, Department of State. He was a professor of political science at Iowa State University, a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and a distinguished visiting professor at San Jose State University.

At the Hoover Institution, besides being associate director, Dorfman has been curator of the Paul and Jean Hanna Archival Collection on the Role of Education, editor of the Institution's International Studies Working Paper series, and chair of the search committee for the Institution's Director. Dorfman was also President of Geron-X Publishers, publishers of social science and scientific journals.

Dorfman received his M.A. and his Ph.D., both in political science, from Columbia University. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin.

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British Flag
Analysis and Commentary

Britain's New Odd Couple Coalition Government

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Forbes
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Will the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats who will jointly rule Britain get along...

Tripping Up the Tories

Tripping Up the Tories

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

As an election nears, the Conservatives are poised for a comeback. Or so it would appear. By Gerald A. Dorfman.

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Tripping Up the Tories

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, April 15, 2010

As an election nears, the Conservatives are poised for a comeback. Or so it would appear.

The Palace of Westminster, London, serves as the Parliament chamber
Analysis and Commentary

British Elections 2010: Will Britain’s Third Party Make a Difference?

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia BritishPolitics-etc
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

One of the major differences between the British and American political systems is the presence of a third major political party in Britain...

The White House
In the News

A Modest Proposal

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia BritishPolitics-etc
Saturday, March 21, 2009

The media has been full of articles about the difficulty the Obama administration has had filling jobs at the cabinet and sub-cabinet level...

In the News

Prime Minister Gordon Brown Probably Didn’t Want to Go Home

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia BritishPolitics-etc
Sunday, March 8, 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown must have wished that he could just stay in Washington, and not go back to London...

In the News

Being Bipartisan is Not a British Concern

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia BritishPolitics-etc
Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Congressional struggle over President Obama's stimulus bill involved charges and countercharges about excessive partisanship...

In the News

What's Happening to our British Friends in the Current Crisis?

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia BritishPolitics-etc
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The old saying about the British economy is that when the United States gets an economic and/or financial cold, Britain gets the same but it becomes pneumonia...

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The Brown Rebound

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 22, 2009

How the financial collapse reversed—at least for a while—a political collapse. By Gerald A. Dorfman.

Labour's Love Lost

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Why Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s political honeymoon ended almost before it began. By Gerald A. Dorfman.