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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...