Santa Clarita goes beyond politics as usual: bold new path to a more diverse City Council

By Steven Hill, Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2014

The city charts a bold new path to a more diverse City Council

Earlier this month, Santa Clarita settled a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit, and in doing so became …

Why Does the US Still Have So Few Women in Office?

By Steven Hill, The Nation, March 7, 2014

At the current rate of progress, it will take nearly 500 years for U.S. women to reach fair representation in government

With Hillary Clinton the early front-runner in the 2016 Democratic …

Divided we stand: The Polarizing of American Politics

by Steven Hill, National Civic Review, Winter 2005

Editor note: this article was first published in January 2006, but it’s sharp and incisive analysis of what is causing political polarization in Congress and in the US is more relevant

China’s investments in the US are growing. Should we be concerned?

By Steven Hill, The Guardian, January 24, 2014

A majority of Americans believe China poses the greatest threat to the US economy. Such fears are unwarranted

Leaked documents this week revealed what many already knew: Chinese investors are storing

Chinese Investors Making Inroads in the US

By Steven Hill, China-US Focus, January 13, 2014

Over the holidays, I was in New York City and walked past One World Trade Center – the site of the 9/11 tragedy and now the location of a new soaring …

Elections experts worry that Egypt’s new elections will make the same mistake as last time

By Steven Hill, Daily News Egypt,

Defective election method probably elected wrong candidate, Mohamed Morsi

Egypt is about to enter another period in which it will attempt to push past its political crisis through democratic elections. …

A New Growth Bloc Against Germany’s Flawed Leadership

By Steven Hill, Social Europe Journal, December 17, 2013

What does the German Grand Coalition have to offer Europe? Not much.

I have been carefully reading and weighing all the commentary regarding Germany’s Große Koalition (or GroKo) agreement, and …

Sandy Hook, One Year Later: No Gun Control in Sight

By Steven Hill, In These Times, December 13, 2103

The NRA has taken keen advantage of our political system.

How quickly a year passes. One year ago, on Friday, December 14, Americans were jolted by yet another episode of …

Did China’s Third Plenum Duck and Hide From Reality?

By Steven Hill, China-US Focus, November 29, 2013

Reviews of China’s Third Plenum continue to roll in, with some analysts saying that President Xi Jinping and his co-leaders have unwrapped China’s boldest set of economic and social reforms in …

Now Abolish the Filibuster for Legislation, Too

By Steven Hill, The Atlantic, November 26, 2013

The nuclear option for nominees is a good start, but the damage done by blocked bills has been even worse.

Much of the commentary on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rolling …