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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
Table of Contents
|Introduction: A Quiet Revolution||p. 1|
|Social Capitalist Europe|
|The Rise of the European Way||p. 15|
|The Capitalist Engine That Huffed and Puffed...||p. 33|
|Europe's Secret Advantage: Economic Democracy||p. 53|
|Family Values, European Style||p. 72|
|The Myth of the Overtaxed European and Other Modern Fables||p. 93|
|The Economic Crash of 2008-9: Wall Street Capitalism vs. Social Capitalism||p. 107|
|The European Way of Health||p. 125|
|La Santé d'abord: The Formal Health Care System||p. 136|
|Windmills, Tides, and Solar Besides: The European Way of Energy||p. 157|
|Revolution on Wheels: The European Way of Transportation||p. 179|
|The Reluctant Superpower: Transatlantic Rupture and the Post-9/11 World||p. 197|
|The European Way of Foreign Policy, Put to the Test||p. 215|
|The Legacy of Luther and Cromwell: Political Democracy in Europe||p. 239|
|Consensus Building through Dynamic Democracy||p. 258|
|The Concept Of "Europe"|
|Sticky Glue, Social Contracts, and Fulcrum Institutions||p. 277|
|Will Europe Survive?|
|The Challenges of Immigration and Integration||p. 301|
|A European Civil Rights Movement Arises-Sort Of||p. 319|
|The Dilemma of Population Decline: "Where are all the children?"||p. 339|
|Conclusion: The Make or Break Century||p. 354|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 433|
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