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West, Darrell M. 1954-

Works: 106 works in 337 publications in 3 languages and 19,703 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
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Most widely held works by Darrell M West
Brain gain : rethinking U.S. immigration policy by Darrell M West( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many of America's greatest artists, scientists, inventors, educators, and entrepreneurs have come from abroad. Rather than suffering from the "brain drain" of talented and educated individuals emigrating, the United States has benefited greatly over the years from the "brain gain" of immigration. These gifted immigrants have engineered advances in energy, information technology, international commerce, sports, arts, and culture. To stay competitive, the United States must institute more of an open-door policy to attract unique talents from other nations. Yet Americans resist such a policy despite their own immigrant histories and the substantial social, economic, intellectual, and cultural benefits of welcoming newcomers. Why? In this book the author asserts that perception or "vision" is one reason reform in immigration policy is so politically difficult. Public discourse tends to emphasize the perceived negatives. Fear too often trumps optimism and reason, And democracy is messy, with policy principles that are often difficult to reconcile. The seeming irrationality of U.S. immigration policy arises from a variety of thorny and interrelated factors: particularistic politics and fragmented institutions, public concern regarding education and employment, anger over taxes and social services, and ambivalence about national identity, culture, and language. Add to that stew a myopic (or worse) press, persistent fears of terrorism, and the difficulties of implementing border enforcement and legal justice. He prescribes a series of reforms that will put America on a better course and enhance its long-term social and economic prosperity. Reconceptualizing immigration as a way to enhance innovation and competitiveness, the author notes, will help us find the next Sergey Brin, the next Andrew Grove, or even the next Albert Einstein
Air wars : television advertising in election campaigns, 1952-1992 by Darrell M West( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Checkbook democracy : how money corrupts political campaigns by Darrell M West( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Counts are being taken before the political conventions convene: not delegates, but dollars. Public officials court donors more than voters, while the party faithful rally around the war chest rather than the platform. Virtually anything goes in campaign finance today, and, as a result, the electoral process is being hijacked by large contributions, secret influence, and increasingly unaccountable government leaders." "In this lively and provocative book, Darrell M. West looks at how politics became such a money chase, why money has become such a pernicious influence on public debate, and what can be done to redeem the corrupted system. Drawing on interviews, memoirs, press coverage, legal depositions, and government documents, West's timely book investigates recent examples of campaign abuses to illustrate how political parties and organizations circumvent post-Watergate reform legislation--and how money has become the key to winning elections and influencing the public. Included in his probe are such cases as the infamous Willie Horton ad in the 1988 presidential campaign, the Christian Action Network, Asian contributions to the Democrats, tobacco company donations to the Republicans, and President Clinton's 1996 campaign infractions. The numerous case studies expose the manifold loopholes and problems in current campaign finance laws, including soft money contributions, independent expenditures, issue advocacy, foreign contributions, and political activism by non-profit organizations." "West's sober evaluation of the exploding costs of campaigns--and escalating cynicism among voters--offers a hard-hitting look at the forces working against reform and makes constructive proposals for reversing this disconcerting trend in contemporary American politics. Book jacket."--Jacket
Digital medicine : health care in the Internet era by Darrell M West( Book )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Investigates factors limiting the ability of digital technology to remake health care. Analyzes data sources to study content of health care-related websites, sponsorship status, public usage, and the relationship between e-health use and health care attitudes. Examines the different ways in which officials overseas have implemented health information technology"--Résumé de l'éditeur
Air wars : television advertising in election campaigns, 1952-1996 by Darrell M West( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why did Bob Dole get blamed for attack ads in 1996? How did Bill Clinton successfully portray Senator Dole and Speaker Newt Gingrich as the Siamese twins of the 1996 elections? In this new, updated edition, Darrell West helps readers understand how candidates from Eisenhower and Johnson, to Bush and Clinton have used television advertising to influence voters and win elections
Digital government : technology and public sector performance by Darrell M West( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Darrell M. West discusses how new technology is altering governmental performance, the political process, and democracy itself by improving government responsiveness and increasing information available to citizens. This book outlines the variety of factors that have restricted the ability of policymakers to make effective use of new technology. Although digital government offers the potential for revolutionary change, social, political, and economic forces constrain the scope of transformation and prevent government officials from realizing the full benefits of interactive technology."--Jacket
Congress and economic policymaking by Darrell M West( Book )

8 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rise and fall of the media establishment by Darrell M West( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Rise and Fall of the Media Establishment provides an overview of the media in various key stages of American history, paying particular attention to the media elite's rise and fall in influence. Arguing against prevailing wisdom that the media's influence has increased in the past decade, West cites current research and carefully selected case studies to support his controversial thesis."--Jacket
Digital schools : how technology can transform education by Darrell M West( Book )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Educator John Dewey said that "if we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." That wisdom resonates strongly today, and that maxim underlies this insightful look at the present and future of education in the digital age. Darrell West makes clear in Digital Schools, today's educational institutions must reinvent themselves to engage students successfully and provide them with skills needed to compete in an increasingly global, technological, and online world. Otherwise American education system will continue to fall woefully short in its mission to prepare the population to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing world. West examines new models of education made possible by enhanced information technology, new approaches that will make public education in the post-industrial age more relevant, efficient, and ultimately more productive. Digital Schools surveys this new landscape, examining personalized learning; real time student assessment; ways to enhance teacher evaluation; the untapped potential of distance learning; and ways in which technology can improve effectiveness of special education and foreign language instruction. West illustrates potential contributions of blogs, wikis, social media, and video games and augmented reality in K-2 and higher education. If today's schools combine increased digitization with needed improvements in organization, operations, and culture, we can overcome current barriers, produce better results, and improve manner in which schools function
Billionaires : reflections on the upper crust by Darrell M West( Book )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through personal interactions and rich anecdotes, West takes us inside the world of the super-wealthy through a balanced and insightful analysis of U.S. billionaires such as Sheldon Adelson, David and Charles Koch, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Peter Thiel, Donald Trump and Tom Steyer. And looking abroad, West analyzes the billionaires who have run for office in nations such as Austria, Australia, France, Georgia, India, Italy, Russia, Thailand, and the Ukraine. From oligarchs in Russia and Eastern Europe to princelings in China, tycoons raise important questions about political influence, transparency, accountability, and government performance. This book argues that countries need policies that promote better transparency, governance, and opportunity."--Publisher's description
Air wars : television advertising in election campaigns, 1952-2004 by Darrell M West( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evaluating campaign quality : can the electoral process be improved? by Louis Sandy Maisel( Book )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For a number of years, voters and academic observers have been dissatisfied with a number of elements of American campaigns. Contemporary races are seen as too negative, too superficial, and too unfair or misleading. Based on these complaints, a variety of reform organizations have targeted millions of dollars to improve the situation. Through their efforts and those within the academic community, a wide range of reform initiatives have been undertaken, such as voluntary codes of conduct, industry self-regulation, certificate programs, tougher ethics rules for consultants, and the encouragement of more substantive venues. Candidate debates, town meetings, and issue forums have been promulgated to improve the performance of American elections." "This book seeks to evaluate whether these activities have improved the level of campaign discourse and conduct in U.S. House and Senate campaigns and argues that while individual reform efforts have achieved some of their stated objectives, the overall effect of these reform efforts has been disappointing. A different approach to campaign conduct and political discourse in American elections is clearly called for if improved campaigning is the goal."--BOOK JACKET
Making campaigns count : leadership and coalition-building in 1980 by Darrell M West( Book )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The next wave : using digital technology to further social and political innovation by Darrell M West( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Maintains that the digital revolution is well under way and will continue to lead to important changes in the way people, the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and government will function and interact, with emphasis on the importance of innovation and the need to balance innovation, privacy, and security"--Résumé de l'éditeur
Running on empty? : political discourse in congressional elections( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Air wars : television advertising in election campaigns, 1952-2000 by Darrell M West( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sound of money : how political interests get what they want by Darrell M West( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Going mobile : how wireless technology is reshaping our lives by Darrell M West( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Going Mobile, Darrell M. West breaks down the mobile revolution and shows how to maximize its overall benefits in both developed and emerging markets."--
Biotechnology policy across national boundaries : the science-industrial complex by Darrell M West( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A globalization of innovation has produced the most massive spurt in biotechnology in world history. Businesses, universities, and non-governmental organizations are collaborating to produce a "science-industrial complex" in biotechnology. Using case studies of stem cell research, cloning, genetically modified food, in-vitro fertilization, and chimeras in a number of Eastern and Western countries around the world, Darrell M. West argues that much of this biotech activity is global in nature and independent of state control. This shift in the relative influence of state and non-state actors has led to the virtual deregulation of biotechnology and the liberation of innovation from geo-political constraints. These trends raise a number of interesting social, political, and ethical issues for the contemporary period and suggest the need to rethink how controversial moral issues are handled by the science-industrial complex."--Jacket
Megachange : economic disruption, political upheaval, and social strife in the 21st century by Darrell M West( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Big, unexpected changes are here to stay. Slow, incremental change has become a relic of the past. Today's shifts come fast and big, what Darrell West calls megachanges, in which dramatic disruptions in trends and policies occur on a regular basis. Domestically, we see megachange at work in the new attitudes and policies toward same-sex marriage, health care, smoking, and the widespread legalization of marijuana use. Globally, we have seen the extraordinary rise and then collapse of the Arab Spring, the emergence of religious zealotry, the growing influence of nonstate actors, the spread of ISIS-fomented terrorism, the rise of new economic and political powers in Asia, and the fracturing of once-stable international alliances. Long-held assumptions have been shattered, and the proliferation of unexpected events is confounding experts in the United States and around the globe. Many of the social and political institutions that used to anchor domestic and international politics have grown weak or are in need of dramatic reform. What to do? West says that we should alter our expectations about the speed and magnitude of political and social change. We also need to recognize that many of our current governing processes are geared to slow deliberation and promote incremental change, not large-scale transformation. With megachange becoming the new normal, our domestic and global institutions must develop the ability to tackle the massive economic, political, and social shifts that we face"--
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Brain gain : rethinking U.S. immigration policy
Alternative Names
Darrell M. West American political scientist

Darrell M. West Amerikaans politicoloog

West, Darrel M.

داريل إم ويست، 1954-

웨스트, 대럴 1954-

웨스트, 대럴 M. 1954

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Checkbook democracy : how money corrupts political campaignsDigital medicine : health care in the Internet eraAir wars : television advertising in election campaigns, 1952-1996Digital government : technology and public sector performanceCongress and economic policymakingThe rise and fall of the media establishmentAir wars : television advertising in election campaigns, 1952-2004Evaluating campaign quality : can the electoral process be improved?