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What can American policymakers learn from the experiences of European democracies in confronting our common policy challenges? We can look to our own history and to the ideas emanating from our own public sphere, but by looking abroad, we can learn how our European allies have dealt with such issues as rising healthcare and pension costs, large-scale immigration, childcare and work-life balance, and climate change. Simply put, we can learn lessons from European policies that have proven both successful and from approaches that have failed. The contributors in this volume ask whether such policies might prove effective in the U.S. context, as well as what pitfalls we might avoid. Chapters have been written by policy area experts and are geared for an upper-level undergraduate audience and set up as a series of engaging case studies. At just 180 pages, this is an ideal supplemental volume for comparative public policy courses and would add an ideal comparative component to upper-level U.S. public policy courses.

The Role of Regulation in Health Care Policy
The role of regulation in health care policy
Lawrence D. Brown

In international comparisons of the performance of health care systems, the United States disappoints in at least three ways. First, the nation's spending on health care far surpasses that of its peers. The United States spends more than twice as much per capita on health as do other industrialized countries. Health care spending accounts for 17.6 percent of US gross domestic product (GDP), while the highest spending European countries—the Netherlands, France, and Germany—devote approximately 12 percent of GDP to health care (OECD, 2012). Second, the United States has left roughly 50 million of its residents—close to 20 percent of the non-aged population—without health care coverage.1 Third, the ...

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