Darrell M. West

Vice President and Director of Governance Studies, Director of the Center for Technology Innovation, and Holder of the Douglas Dillon Chair in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Areas of Expertise:
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Public Sector Reforms
  • Revitalizing U.S. Democracy
  • School Reform
  • Public Budgets & Taxes
  • Science & Technology

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About Darrell

West’s areas of expertise include governance, technology innovation, and policymaking in the United States. He is especially interested in the role of money in politics and how technology affects public policymaking. He examines ways to strengthen democratic politics in the United States and how to improve public participation in and understanding of American politics.



Air Wars: Television Advertising in Election Campaigns (Congressional Quarterly Press, 1993).
Looks at the role of paid advertising in election campaigns, both from a historical standpoint and the impact on contemporary politics.
Cross Talk: Citizens, Candidates, and the Media in a Presidential Campaign (with Marion Just, Ann Crigler, Dean Alger, Tim Cook, and Montague Kern) (University of Chicago Press, 1996).
Takes an in-depth look at the 1992 presidential campaign and how free and paid media affected democratic politics and vote choice. Winner of the Doris Graber best book award.
Digital Government: Technology and Public Sector Performance (Princeton University Press, 2005).
Studies how digital technology is improving public sector performance and affecting citizen engagement with government. Winner of the Don K. Price best book award.
Digital Schools: How Technology Can Transform Education (Brookings Institution Press, 2012).
Looks at how digital technology is affecting the educational process and whether it has the potential to transform the manner in which K-12 and college students learn.
"Mobile Learning: Transforming Education, Engaging Students, and Improving Outcomes," Brookings Institution, August 31, 2013.
Examines ways that mobile devices with cellular connectivity improve learning and engage students and teachers inside and outside of schools.
"Nudging News Producers and Consumers toward More Thoughtful, Less Polarized Discourse," (with Beth Stone), Brookings Institution, January 31, 2014.
Reviews challenges facing the news media in an age of political polarization, including hyper-competitiveness in news coverage, a dramatic decline in local journalism and resulting nationalization of the news, and the personalization of coverage.
Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust (Brookings Institution Press, 2014).
Looks at the political impact of the super-wealthy, both in the United States and around the world, and examines how tycoons are pioneering more activist forms of electioneering and philanthropy.

In the News

"Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics in India," Darrell M. West (with Shamika Ravi), Brookings, May 17, 2018.
Darrell M. West quoted on jobs and automation in Elizabeth Beyer, "Why One-Third of American Working-Age Men Could Be Displaced by Robots" Market Watch, May 14, 2018.
Darrell M. West quoted on US-Korea relations in Zhu Dongyang and Liu Chen, "Location, Date of Trump-Kim Meeting Set with Serious Calculations" Xinhua, May 11, 2018.
Darrell M. West quoted on the Iran deal, "Trump's Ditching of Iran Nuclear Deal to Escalate Tensions" New China, May 9, 2018.
Darrell M. West quoted on artificial intelligence in Peter Buxbaum, "Artificial Intelligence: How it Could Transform Transportation" Global Trade, May 1, 2018.
Darrell M. West quoted on investments in health care in Liz Sablich, "Who’s Investing in Health Care R&D?" Brookings, April 23, 2018.
Darrell M. West quoted on privacy and user information, "Facebook Sends Privacy Alerts to Affected Users" New Orleans City Business, April 10, 2018.
Darrell M. West quoted in Matthew Rusling, "U.S.-Russia Relations Likely Further Down amid Rumors of More Sanctions" New China, April 5, 2018.
Darrell M. West quoted in Sophie Davies, "As the World Goes Digital, Is There a Hack for Inequality?" Reuters, February 5, 2018.
Darrell M. West's research on Matthew Rusling. Darrell M. West, "Trump Says Cancels London Trip, Experts Suggest fear of Mass Protests," Xinhua Net, January 13, 2018.
"Four Scenarios for a Trump Presidency," Darrell M. West, Brookings Institution, November 14, 2016.
Darrell M. West quoted on the impact of the lack of access to education technology on young people entering the labor force in Beth Stone, "Connected Learning: How is Mobile Technology Impacting Education?" Brookings Institution, December 1, 2015.
Darrell M. West quoted on the growing awareness of money in politics, "Why U.S. Billionaires May Not be Able to Buy the 2016 Election" New York Times, June 1, 2015.
"Next Generation Standardized Tests Face Major Technical Barriers," Darrell M. West (with Joshua Bleiberg), Brookings Institution, April 15, 2015.
"5 Myths about Billionaires," Darrell M. West, Twin Cities, October 5, 2014.
Darrell M. West quoted on money in politics in Elaine Kamarck, "The Primaries Project: Where's the Money Coming From?" Brookings Institution, October 1, 2014.
"3 Ways to Provide Internet Access to the Developing World," Darrell M. West (with Joshua Bleiberg ), Brookings Institution, March 2, 2015.
"Lessons for Democrats from the National Football League," Darrell M. West, Huffington Post, February 6, 2015.
Interview on the transformative impact of the mobile revolution Darrell M. West, Brookings Institution, February 5, 2015.
Darrell M. West quoted on Congress in Jim Angle, "Lame Duck Congress to Tackle Spending Bill, Tax Breaks in Short Session" Fox News, November 6, 2014.
Guest to discuss ow to deal with the Ebola problem on an international basis on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Darrell M. West, October 13, 2014.
Guest to discuss how billionaires will influence the midterm elections on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Darrell M. West, October 13, 2014.
Guest to discuss the evolution of political advertising on C-SPAN, Darrell M. West, March 19, 2012.
"Inside the Immigration Process," Darrell M. West, Huffington Post, April 15, 2013.
"Congress – Coming to Life?," Darrell M. West, CNN Politics, January 28, 2014.
"United States and China are Leading the mHealth Revolution," Darrell M. West (with Joshua Bleiberg), Brookings TechTank Blog, March 17, 2014.
"The Democrats’ Billionaire Dilemma," Darrell M. West, Real Clear Politics, April 30, 2014.