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Europe's Promise : Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age



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Eye opneing and informative  May 9, 2011

Steven Hill's excellent textbook just confirms what I've suspected all along: that Europe is far more intelligent and forward-thinking than America will ever be. This textbook is illuminating and provides a glimpse into the sociopolitical dynamics of our neighbors across the pond. All politically concerned Americans should read this textbook to learn that there is a viable alternative to the dead-end politics as usual which characterizes the US.

Europe's Promise : Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


A quiet revolution has been occurring in post-World War II Europe. A world power has emerged across the Atlantic that is recrafting the rules for how a modern society should provide economic security, environmental sustainability, and global stability. In Europe's Promise, Steven Hill explains Europe's bold new vision.

For a decade Hill traveled widely to understand this uniquely European way of life. He shatters myths and shows how Europe's leadership manifests in five major areas: economic strength, with Europe now the world's wealthiest trading bloc, nearly as large as the U.S. and China combined; the best health care and other workfare supports for families and individuals; widespread use of renewable energy technologies and conservation; the world's most advanced democracies; and regional networks of trade, foreign aid, and investment that link one-third of the world to the European Union. Europe's Promise masterfully conveys how Europe has taken the lead in this make-or-break century challenged by a worldwide economic crisis and global warming.

In a new book, Steven Hill extols the European social contract for better government services. Life in Europe is more secure, he argues, and therefore more agreeable." - The Economist

Steven Hill is a lucid and engaging writer. He makes you sit up and think." - Financial Times

"Europe’s Promise marshals an impressive army of facts and comparative statistics to show that the United States is behind Europe in nearly every socio-economic category." - Reuters International

Author Biography

Steven Hill is Director of the Political Reform Program for the New America Foundation and author of 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy, among other books on politics.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: A Quiet Revolutionp. 1
Social Capitalist Europe
The Rise of the European Wayp. 15
The Capitalist Engine That Huffed and Puffed...p. 33
Europe's Secret Advantage: Economic Democracyp. 53
Family Values, European Stylep. 72
The Myth of the Overtaxed European and Other Modern Fablesp. 93
The Economic Crash of 2008-9: Wall Street Capitalism vs. Social Capitalismp. 107
Healthy Europe
The European Way of Healthp. 125
La Santé d'abord: The Formal Health Care Systemp. 136
Sustainable Europe
Windmills, Tides, and Solar Besides: The European Way of Energyp. 157
Revolution on Wheels: The European Way of Transportationp. 179
Global Europe
The Reluctant Superpower: Transatlantic Rupture and the Post-9/11 Worldp. 197
The European Way of Foreign Policy, Put to the Testp. 215
Pluralist Europe
The Legacy of Luther and Cromwell: Political Democracy in Europep. 239
Consensus Building through Dynamic Democracyp. 258
The Concept Of "Europe"
Sticky Glue, Social Contracts, and Fulcrum Institutionsp. 277
Will Europe Survive?
The Challenges of Immigration and Integrationp. 301
A European Civil Rights Movement Arises-Sort Ofp. 319
The Dilemma of Population Decline: "Where are all the children?"p. 339
Conclusion: The Make or Break Centuryp. 354
Notesp. 371
Selected Bibliographyp. 433
Acknowledgmentsp. 437
Indexp. 443
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