Recent Posts

  • Europe’s Case of ‘Chief Executive Envy’

    By Steven Hill, March 19, 2010, Social Europe Journal

    Every time Europe goes through one of its occasional crises, calls arise across the continent for ‘stronger leadership.’ The perception of having feeble leadership was a major factor in the push for the Lisbon Treaty, which went into effect late in 2009 and created a president for the European Council and a high representative for foreign affairs and security.…

  • Returning the Senate to Majority Rule

    By Steven Hill, March 18, 2010, Roll Call

    Standing at the edge of the health care precipice, President Barack Obama has reached a defining point in his presidency. The recent news that Anthem Blue Cross is planning to jack up individual premiums as much as 40 percent is just the latest example of our flailing health care system.…

  • Can Obama Bypass Republicans on Health?

    By Steven Hill, Feb 22, 2010, NY Times.com

    Yes, President Obama should push his health care package through the Senate via the reconciliation process. Indeed, it is imperative that he do so for two reasons.

    First, because the U.S. badly needs health care reform. And second, to restore the constitutional principle of “majority rule” that has been thwarted in the filibuster-gone-wild Senate.…

  • Lessons for Europe From California

    By Steven Hill, February 17, 2010, The Guardian (London)

    Over a year ago, the world economy suffered a massive economic quake – and certain countries have been experiencing aftershocks ever since. Two such aftershocks have grabbed headlines, one recently in Greece and another last summer in California. A comparison of these two events reveals something about the respective features of the west’s two leading capitalist economies, the US and Europe.…

  • Americans Pay Fewer Taxes Than Europeans – NOT!

    By Steven Hill, January 22, 2010, San Francisco Chronicle

    Do Americans really pay fewer taxes than Europeans? Contrary to conventional wisdom, the answer surprisingly is: not really.

    That’s because in return for their taxes, Europeans — even those unemployed during these tough times — have access to a generous support system for families and individuals that most Americans can only imagine.…

  • What a Post-American World means for Europe

    By Steven Hill, January 18, 2010, Social Europe Journal

    In recent months, Europe has learned some hard lessons about its transatlantic partner. President Barack Obama triggered great hope when he replaced George W. Bush at the American helm. But a year later, especially following Obama’s failure to produce anything of substance at Copenhagen, Europeans are realizing that Obama is going to have a difficult time delivering on a new American agenda.…

  • Economic Democracy and Codetermination: Harnessing the Capitalist Engine

    By Steven Hill, January 15, 2010, The Globalist

    In the aftermath of the economic crisis, the United States needs a new economic model — one that will decentralize power and put it in the hands of the workers. As Steven Hill suggests in this excerpt from his book, “Europe’s Promise,” the United States might have a lesson to learn from post-World War II Germany.In the terrible aftermath of World War II, a group of prominent German economists proposed what they called the “social market economy.” They believed that a free market should also serve broader social goals.

  • Next Steps for Social Democracy: An American Perspective

    By Steven Hill, December 16, 2009, Social Europe Journal

    As an American, I have been following this discussion with great interest. The predicament of social democracy strikes at the heart of several modern dilemmas that will be at the forefront of the twenty-first century. Much hangs in the balance.

    From the faraway shores of San Francisco and the Pacific Rim, allow me to offer a few observations.…