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...

Real Democracy… Or Dystopia?

By Steven Hill, February 16, 2007, TomPaine.com

Imagine that it is Election Day 2016. Imagine yet another presidential election that boils down to the same two battleground states — Ohio and Florida — which is not unrealistic, given demographic trends.

Candidates will spend most of their time in these two states and...