Scott S. Powell has enjoyed a career split between theory and practice with over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and rainmaker in several industries. While serving as managing partner at a consulting firm, RemingtonRand, he has also recently been a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, where his research and writing resulted in over 80 published articles on economics, business and regulation in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Barron’s Financial, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Philadelphia Inquirer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Diego Union, Houston Post and some two dozen other newspapers and journals in the U.S., Japan and Europe.
He authored the Hoover monograph, The Entrepreneur as the Mainspring of Economic Growth, which explains why the state cannot perform the entrepreneurial function, and he produced an in-depth critique of Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, published in Barron’s Financial and the Hoover Digest.
His book, Covert Cadre—hatched at the National Journalism Center and completed in association with the Heritage Foundation—documented the activities of key figures and institutions of the American left, and was hailed by National Review as one of the most important books of the 1988 election year. The chapter entitled Blinding America explains in detail the political and media shenanigans the left pulled off in the 1970s reform and dismantling of the U.S. intelligence agencies, which years later contributed to the systemic failures that led to the 9/11 tragedy. Powell was subsequently called on to provide expert witness analysis and testimony for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. His public speaking has brought him in contact with radio and TV audiences throughout the U.S.
Powell graduated from the University of Chicago with honors (B.A. and M.A.) and received his Ph.D. in economic theory from Boston University in 1987, writing his dissertation on the determinants of entrepreneurial activity and economic growth.