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.
Steven Hill is Director of the Political Reform Program for the New America Foundation and author of 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy and other books on politics. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Salon.com, TheNation, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, Prospect, and many other publications and websites.
Preface Introduction: A Quiet Revolution Part One. Social Capitalist Europe 1. The Rise of the European Way 2. The Capitalist Engine That Huffed and Puffed ... 3. Europe's Secret Advantage: Economic Democracy 4. Family Values, European Style 5. The Myth of the Overtaxed European and Other Modern Fables 6. The Economic Crash of 2008-9: Wall Street Capitalism vs. Social Capitalism Part Two. Healthy Europe 7. The European Way of Health 8. La Sante d'abord: The Formal Health Care System Part Three. Sustainable Europe 9. Windmills, Tides, and Solar Besides: The European Way of Energy 10. Revolution on Wheels: The European Way of Transportation Part Four. Global Europe 11. The Reluctant Superpower: Transatlantic Rupture and the Post-9/11 World 12. The European Way of Foreign Policy, Put to the Test Part Five. Pluralist Europe 13. The Legacy of Luther and Cromwell: Political Democracy in Europe 14. Consensus Building through Dynamic Democracy Part Six. The Concept of "Europe" 15. Sticky Glue, Social Contracts, and Fulcrum Institutions Part Seven. Will Europe Survive? 16. The Challenges of Immigration and Integration 17. A European Civil Rights Movement Arises-Sort Of 18. The Dilemma of Population Decline: "Where are all the children?" Conclusion: The Make or Break Century Notes Selected Bibliography Acknowledgments Index