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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.

Transatlantic Lesson Drawing: Utopia, Road to Ruin, or Source of Practical Advice?
Transatlantic lesson drawing: Utopia, road to ruin, or source of practical advice?
R. Kent Weaver

The chapters in this volume have provided a wealth of information about policy choices made in Europe in a variety of policy sectors, ranging from Europe-wide actions to combat climate change to diverse national actions to make public pension systems more sustainable and local actions to promote more a livable and sustainable urban environment in Freiburg, Germany. In some cases, the authors have argued that European experience provides positive lessons about policies that should be copied or adapted by the United States; in other cases (e.g., immigration policy) the lessons are more about mistakes to be avoided. In ...

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