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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.

 

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