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Billionaires: Wealth, Politics, and American Democracy

On March 2, 2015, the Harkin Institute audience went inside the world of politics and the super-wealthy with Darrell West of the Brookings Institute, author of Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust. Using a balanced, bi-partisan, and insightful approach, West explored the growing political activism of billionaires in recent elections.​ West told engaging stories of his personal interactions with the super-wealthy and rich anecdotes of their influence. The audience left with an understanding of the implications of this “wealthification” of politics and society on American democracy and the political process.


Harkin Institute
October 2, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen Benjamin will discuss the evolving role of American mayors in today’s political environment and other top issues facing American cities at The Harkin Institute’s Sussman Lecture on Oct. 30 at Drake University.