Gerald A. Dorfman

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Biography: 

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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Brown must not pander to Bush

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Pasadena Star-News
Monday, August 6, 2007

Private equity and hedge fund executives limousined to Capitol Hill last week to explain why they should be taxed less than ordinary Americans...

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British Politics Is Exciting Again

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Tories have finally pulled even with Labour, Tony Blair has promised to step down this spring, and nobody knows what Gordon Brown, Blair’s heir apparent, will do when he finally becomes prime minister. What fun! By Gerald A. Dorfman.

Did Success Spoil the Tories?

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, October 30, 2005

After 18 years of uninterrupted power, life by 1997 must have seemed rosy for Britain’s Conservatives. Then they were booted from office. Is Labour walking down the same primrose path? By Gerald A. Dorfman.

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The Nine Lives of Tony Blair

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Tony Blair’s political career has survived more upheavals than that of any politician since Bill Clinton. The question in Britain at the moment? How many of his nine lives Blair has left. By Gerald A. Dorfman.

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Labour’s Labor Problem

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Why Tony Blair’s Labour Party has kept the labor movement at arm’s length. By Gerald A. Dorfman.

Trouble at Number Ten

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

Tony Blair has paid dearly for supporting George W. Bush. With Blair's public support at an all-time low, can Britain's special relationship with the United States endure? By Gerald A. Dorfman.

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Why We Need Europe

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

We cannot succeed in Iraq or in the war on terror without first repairing our relations with Europe. By Gerald A. Dorfman.

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The Most Unpopular Man in Britain?

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

Tony Blair is unpopular with the public and with his party. Why is he still in the job? By Gerald A. Dorfman.

The Next Man at Number 10?

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

With Prime Minister Tony Blair taking a beating at the polls, all eyes are on his longtime rival—and potential successor—Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown. By Hoover fellow Gerald A. Dorfman.

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Do the Tories Matter?

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

With Tony Blair’s popularity plummeting and a strong new leader at the helm of the Conservative Party, could the Tories be making a comeback at long last? By Hoover fellow Gerald A. Dorfman.

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