What can American policymakers learn from the experiences of European democracies? While we can look to our own history and to the ideas emanating from our own public sphere, by looking abroad we can also learn lessons from European policies – from both those that have proven successful and those that have failed. The contributors in this volume examine the ways our European allies have dealt with issues such as rising healthcare and pension costs, large-scale immigration, childcare and work-life balance, and climate change, and ask whether such policies might prove effective in the U.S. context. Brief and engaging, Lessons from Europe? is an ideal supplement for comparative public policy courses and would add a provocative comparative component to U.S. public policy courses.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Why Look to Europe for Lessons?
Janet C. Gornick and Ariane Hegewisch
Chapter 2: Gender, Employment, and Parenthood: The Consequences of Work Family Policies
Lawrence D. Brown
Chapter 3: The Role of Regulation in Health Care Policy
Mitchell A. Orenstein
Chapter 4: Pensions: Who is Learning from Whom?
Chapter 5: Labor Market Policy: Toward a ‘Flexicurity’ Model in the US?
Chapter 6: Immigration Policy: A Transatlantic Comparison
Chapter 7: Climate Change Policy: Progress and Persistence
Ralph Buehler and John Pucher
Chapter 8: Urban Transport: Promoting Sustainability in Germany
Chapter 9: Political Democracy: Consensus Building through Democracy in Europe
Chapter 10: Transatlantic Lesson-Drawing: Utopia, Road to Ruin, or Source of Practical Advice?