Darrell M. West

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Vice President and Director, Governance Studies | Founding Director, Center for Technology Innovation | The Douglas Dillon Chair

Darrell West speaks at a Brookings event.

Darrell M. West is vice president and director of Governance Studies and holds the Douglas Dillon Chair. He is founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and Editor-in-Chief of TechTank. His current research focuses on educational technology, health information technology, and mobile technology. Prior to coming to Brookings, West was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. His latest book, Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust (Brookings Institution Press, 2014), is released this September. E-mail Darrell West at dwest@brookings.edu| View Full Bio

  • In the News

    When budget cuts hit high-profile business travelers, you can get Congress to act.

    April 30, 2013, Darrell M. West, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    The political conditions have been the best in a number of years to actually pass comprehensive [immigration] reform but the Boston events already are emboldening critics ... It's going to slow down the process and in D.C. anytime you slow down the process it creates openings for critics to try to torpedo the overall legislation.

    April 19, 2013, Darrell M. West, Bloomberg
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    I actually think things could change. The terrible nature of this shooting has the potential to transform the national debate.

    December 18, 2012, Darrell M. West, McClatchy
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    Voters don't want to think Hollywood celebrities are telling them how to vote. They understand their expertise is outside the political world. [But there are exceptions.] Celebrities can help in particular niches, particularly in terms of get out the vote efforts because there you can match a celebrity and target and appeal to those types of communities.

    October 24, 2012, Darrell M. West, FoxNews
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    [Relentless political] ads lose meaning for the 95% who have decided, but not for the 5% who are undecided... Swing voters still are looking for a reason to vote for Romney or Obama.

    October 14, 2012, Darrell M. West, The New York Daily News
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    Democrats have been slow to embrace super PACs because many of them are ideologically opposed to them... [Democrats have started to embrace them] because they don't want to be at a competitive disadvantage to Republicans.

    October 9, 2012, Darrell M. West, Washington Times
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    During the debate, Romney needs to turn the race back into a referendum on Obama... Right now, the president has the upper hand due to intemperate remarks from Romney, and the GOP nominee will need to soften his image and crystallize the differences between the candidates.

    October 2, 2012, Darrell M. West, Wall Street Journal
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    I saw [Mitt Romney's statement on the Obama administration's response to the recent violence in Libya and Egypt] last night and I thought...today they would correct the damage. Instead they're digging the hole deeper. You can't really play partisan politics in U.S. foreign policy.

    September 12, 2012, Darrell M. West, CBS News
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    A lot of companies and businesses get help. Government builds the infrastructure; the government helps in about every sector.

    August 29, 2012, Darrell M. West, The Kansas City Star
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    The main thing Paul Ryan wants to do is to really downsize the government and completely restructure Medicare.

    August 13, 2012, Darrell M. West, The Associated Press

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