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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Five Myths About Sick Old Europe

By Steven Hill, October 7, 2007, Washington Post

In the global economy, today’s winners can become tomorrow’s losers in a twinkling, and vice versa. Not so long ago, American pundits and economic analysts were snidely touting U.S. economic superiority to the “sick old man” of Europe. What a difference a few...

Legislators Fiddle While Earth Warms

By Steven Hill, August 3, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle

Crazy weather patterns have appeared recently in the form of humidity in usually foggy San Francisco, California-like weather in Washington, D.C., torrential downpours and massive flooding in Britain and torrid temperatures in the Mediterranean. These and other episodes such as Hurricane Katrina...