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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.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Why Look to Europe for Lessons?
Introduction: Why Look to Europe for Lessons?
Americans are looking for solutions to major policy challenges. The United States faces high unemployment, an unaffordable health care system that leaves millions uninsured, failing urban schools, a mounting climate crisis, a broken immigration system, rising inequality, a fractured social safety net, an aging population generating rising pension costs, and a massive and growing government debt, to name just a few challenges. In these areas and many more, American policymakers and citizens are engaged in heated debates about how our policies should be reformed. To understand which policies are likely to be effective in meeting our challenges and which are not, we must of course look to the lessons ...