Author: Steven Hill

Steven Hill is a political writer and the author of seven books, including the international bestseller "Raw Deal: How the 'Uber Economy' and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers" (, "Die Startup Illusion: Wie die Internet-Ökonomie unseren Sozialstaat ruiniert” (published in German), "Expand Social Security Now: How to Ensure Americans Get the Retirement They Deserve" (, "Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age" and "10 Steps to Repair American Democracy." Follow him at and on Twitter @StevenHill1776
  • Inspiration Across the Pond

    By Steven Hill, March 29, 2010, E!Sharp

    Europe is going through another one of its occasional bouts of self-doubt and pessimism. The great historian Arnold Toynbee once wrote, “Countries have characters that are as distinctive as those of human beings.” The collection of countries known as Europe has never hidden its gloom very well.…

  • A More United Europe

    By Steven Hill, March 22, 2010,

    Greece’s debt situation has pundits taking out their crystal balls trying to divine the future not only of Greece, but also the euro and Europe. Every news outlet from The New York Times to National Public Radio has joined the chorus of gloom and doom.…

  • 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

    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.…

  • The Greek Aftershock – Will it Make or Break Europe?

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

    After the earthquake come the aftershocks. That is a law of geophysics, and now apparently of economics. Well over a year ago, the world economy suffered a massive economic quake of 8.0 on the Richter scale. Since then different countries have been experiencing a number of aftershocks.…

  • 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

  • Europe’s Post-Copenhagen View of Obama

    By Steven Hill, January 13, 2010, The New York Times

    The Copenhagen summit on climate change taught Europe a hard lesson about its trans-Atlantic partner. Great hope had greeted President Obama when he replaced George W. Bush at the American helm, but a year later Europeans are realizing that Mr. Obama is going to have a very difficult time delivering on his agenda.…

  • 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.…

  • Obama Can Create Jobs by Modeling Two Good Ideas

    By Steven Hill, December 14, 2009, Christian Science Monitor

    With the nation’s unemployment rate at 10 percent, the highest in a generation, President Obama could learn a thing or two about job creation by heading to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

    On display is an exhibit of New Deal-era paintings that show men building roads, laying pipe, and shoveling snow.…

  • Healthcare Tests the Senate’s Credibility

    By Steven Hill, November 30, 2009, Financial Times

    America’s healthcare debate has been like a tennis match, bouncing from the Senate to the House of Representatives and back again. Now it is back in the Senate, as the US tries to end its status as the only advanced economy without universal healthcare for its people.…

  • The Problem Is Minority Rule

    By Steven Hill, October 13, 2009, New York Times

    The health care drama in the U.S. Senate is cresting. After months of hearings–and decades of dithering–it is time to see if the United States is going to remain the only advanced industrial nation in the world that does not provide universal health care.…

  • Health-Care Cooperatives Can Work

    By Steven Hill, October 12, 2009, Washington Post

    Health-care cooperatives have gotten a bad rap. But if properly designed, they could offer quite a lot to both the left and the right, as well as to anyone interested in expanding health-care coverage and reducing costs.

    According to the American Medical Association, insurance markets lack vigorous competition in more than 9 out of 10 metropolitan areas and in at least 16 states.…

  • America’s Failed Model for the World

    By Steven Hill, September 16, 2009, The Guardian

    Europeans are shaking their heads over their American friends again. Whether talking to people in the street, in the cafés or to journalists or political leaders, everyone here asks me the same question: Has America lost its mind? Town halls filled with angry citizens, shouting at their elected leaders, some of them armed with guns and threatening signs?…

  • Don’t Want Swine Flu with Lunch? Then Offer Paid Sick Leave

    By Steven Hill, June 18, 2009, New York Daily News

    The spread of the swine flu contagion has yet to reach scary “I Am Legend” proportions, but things are getting pretty hairy out there. The World Health Organization has declared a pandemic, the first flu pandemic in 41 years, as infections continue to climb in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.…

  • What Obama Can Learn from European Health Care

    By Steven Hill, March 3, 2009, The Globalist

    Imagine a place where doctors still do house calls. When I was visiting my friend Meredith, living in the small rural town of Lautrec about an hour’s drive outside Toulouse, France, one day she was stung badly by a wasp, causing a sizable and painful swelling on her hand.…

  • The Missing Element of Obama’s Economic Plan

    By Steven Hill, January 18, 2009, openDemocracy

    Imagine a place where doctors still do house calls. Or where childcare is affordable, professional and widely available. Or where all new parents are paid to stay home and care for their newborns, and receive a monthly stipend to pay for diapers, food and other daily needs.…

  • Learning from Europe

    By Steven Hill, Providence Journal, January 16, 2009

    The inauguration of the 44th president of the United States looks like the most dramatic debut since the Beatles arrived in New York. But now that the buildup and the hype are over and it’s time for Team Obama to produce, President Obama would do well to look to Europe for guidance, particularly when it comes to three of the president-elect’s top priorities: energy and climate change, health care and jump-starting the economy.…

  • The Housing Crisis: Main Street Needs Help, Too

    By Steven Hill with John Bartlett, October 23, 2008, The Guardian and Capitol Weekly

    Seven hundred billion dollars to bail out the banking and financial industries is a lot of money. But let’s not forget where this crisis started: in a failing housing market, the initial domino in the meltdown. The banks are being bailed out – but what about housing?…

  • China’s Robber-Baron Ways

    By Steven Hill, September 23, 2008, New York Times

    Only a short time after China’s magnificent Olympic coming-out party, the land of Mao’s successors found itself making less celebratory news.

    “Tainted Milk Formula Sickens Thousands of Chinese Infants” read one of many recent headlines. Twenty-two companies that produce or distribute milk powder had been secretly adding melamine, normally used for making plastics and glue, into milk powder, making thousands of infants sick and causing several deaths.…

  • China and the Long Road Ahead

    By Steven Hill, World Policy Blog, September 6, 2008

    During the Olympics, China showed the world that it can throw a heck of a coming out party. But traveling here afterward, one sees the many complexities and challenges facing this vast and ancient land.

    Especially in the rural areas–where most people still live–the impressive economic rise of China has penetrated only superficially.…

  • The Trans-Atlantic Clash over Political Economy and Fulcrum Institutions

    By Steven Hill, Social Europe Journal, January 1, 2008

    While the United States and Europe share much in common, they also exhibit basic differences, an “American Way” and a “European Way,” that are diverging and had been leading to frequent clashes even before the U.N. rift over Iraq. In a globalized capitalist world, where all nations are seeking models of development that allow “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for its people, this clash within the West is every bit as elemental as the clash with Arab-Islam because it is multidimensional — economic, political, social, and international in scope.…