Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust

Brookings Institution Press
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Meet the Billionaires: the 1,645 men and women who control a massive share of global assets worth $6.5 trillion. Darrell West reveals what the other 99.99998% of us need to know.

With rich anecdotes and personal narratives, West goes inside the world of the ultra wealthy. Meet U.S. billionaires such as Sheldon Adelson, Michael Bloomberg, David and Charles Koch, George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Donald Trump—as well as international billionaires from around the globe.

The growing political engagement of this small supra-wealthy group raises important questions about influence, transparency, and government performance, and West lays bare the wealthification of politics, including:

• How billionaires can block appointments and legislation they don't like

• Why the supra-wealthy moved into policy advocacy and referenda at the state level

• Why billionaires run for office in more than a dozen countries around the world

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About the author

Darrell M. West is the vice president of Governance Studies and the director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings. He is the author of 19 books on American politics and the recipient of several book awards.

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Publisher
Brookings Institution Press
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Published on
Sep 18, 2014
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Pages
269
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ISBN
9780815725817
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Political Economy
Political Science / Political Process / General
Political Science / Political Process / Political Advocacy
Social Science / Social Classes & Economic Disparity
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