Steven Hill on Europe vs. the US In Brief





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Published on Feb 23, 2010

A quiet revolution has been occurring in post-World War II Europe. A world power has emerged across the Atlantic that is re-crafting the rules for how a modern society should provide economic security, environmental sustainability, and global stability. During this time of economic crisis and global warming, how do the United States and members of the European Union really compare in terms of sustainable economic growth and trade, political engagement, social policy, and the deployment of renewable energy technologies? With a similar standard of living, universal health care and comprehensive social systems, and smaller ecological footprint , what lessons can the US learn from the European model? In his new book Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age, Steven Hill explains Europe's new vision, shatters myths, and shows how Europe's leadership manifests in several major areas: economic strength, with Europe now the world's wealthiest trading bloc, producing nearly a third of the world's economy, almost as large as the U.S. and China combined; arguably the best health care and other social supports for families and individuals; widespread use of renewable energy technologies and conservation; and regional networks of trade, foreign aid, and investment that link one-third of the world to the European Union's 27 member states and nearly a half billion citizens. Praise for Europe's Promise " Like a reverse Alexis de Tocqueville, Steven Hill dauntlessly explores a society largely unknown to his compatriots back home. Sweeping away the ideological posturing, he shows us exactly how the modern European Way works and the promise it holds for an America which has slipped to become, in terms of social, health care, economic and energy policy, the Old World." - Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker

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