Moshe Maor

Moshe Maor
Professor, Department of Political Science
Room 4315, Social Science
I am professor of political science and hold the Wolfson Family Chair in public administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previously I was a Research Officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I completed my doctorate in 1992. My research is concerned with comparative politics, comparative public administration, bureaucratic politics, and public policy dynamics. I have written extensively on European politics, bureaucratic reputations, and disproportionate policy responses. I am currently engaged in creating a novel foundation for the study of disproportionate response in politics and public policy, and the resulting implications for modern democracy. Using behavioral insights, I develop models to predict policy over- and under-design; policy over- and underreaction; over- and underreaction policy styles; policy bubbles; the interaction between policy bubbles, and deliberate disproportionate policy response. I recently developed the Disproportionate Policy Perspective.
Recent Publications (2018-present)
Maor, M. (2018). “Rhetoric and Doctrines of Policy Over- and Underreactions in Times of Crisis.” Policy & Politics, 46(1): 47-63.

Maor, M. (2019). “Strategic Policy Overreaction as Risky Policy Investment.” International Review of Public Policy, 1(1): 46-64.

Maor, M. (2019). “Deliberate Disproportionate Policy Response: Towards a Conceptual Turn.” Journal of Public Policy. doi:10.1017/S0143814X19000278

Maor, M. (2019). “Overreaction and Bubbles in Politics and Policy.” In: Alex Mintz and Lesley Terris (Eds.) Oxford Handbook on Behavioral Political Science, Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford University Press.

Maor, M. (2020). “Strategic Communication by Regulatory Agencies as a Form of Reputation Management: A Strategic Agenda.” Public Administration, 98(4): 1044-1055.

Maor, M. (2020). “A Social Network Perspective on the Interaction Between Policy Bubbles.” International Review of Public Policy, 2(1), 24-44.

Maor, M. (2020). “Policy Over- and Under-Design: An Information Quality Perspective.” Policy Sciences, 53, 395-411.

Maor, M. (2020). “Policy Overreaction Styles during Manufactured Crises.” Policy & Politics, 48(4): 523-539.

Maor, M., Sulitzeanu-Kenan, R., and Chinitz, D. (2020). “When COVID-19, Constitutional Crisis, and Political Deadlock Meet: The Israeli Case from a Disproportionate Policy Perspective.” Policy & Society, 39(3): 442-457.

Maor, M. and Howlett, M. (2020). “Explaining Variations in State COVID-19 Responses: Psychological, Institutional, and Strategic Factors in Governance and Public Policy-Making.” Policy Design and Practice, 3(3): 228-241

Maor, M. (2020). “Policy Over- and Underreaction: From Unintentional Error to Deliberate Policy Response.” In: Giliberto Capano and Michael Howlett (Eds.) A Modern Guide to Public Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 93-110.

Maor, M. (2020). “A Disproportionate Policy Perspective on the Politics of Crisis Management.” In Encyclopedia of Crisis Analysis. Online Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Politics. Oxford University Press.

Maor, M. (2021). “Policy Over- and Under-reaction as Policy Styles.” In Michael Howlett and Jale Tosun (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Policy Styles. London: Routledge, pp. 273-285.