Featuring Steven Hill

In 2004 when Steven Hill published his book 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy, one book critic referred to him as "the bearded, mussy-haired, Yale educated author who knows his subject as well as anyone”.

Today we know Hill as a co-founder of FairVote, and the founding director of the Political Reform Program at the New America Foundation. We know him as a leading activist whose tireless efforts helped bring about fundamental voting reform in America.

Hill is best known as a noted author, columnist, lecturer and guest on radio and TV. He is a gifted writer and speaker with a European outlook and a passion for issues on topics related to comparative economic, political, and social practices in the U.S. and Europe.

Here's a perfect example. Listen to this!! It's Steven Hill reading an extract from Europe's Promise and delivering a compelling pitch for health care European style.

Great stuff!! Get the entire broadcast interview at Public Radio KALW News with Crosscurrents' host Ben Trefny from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hill's recent book, Europe's Promise: Why The European Way Is The Best Hope In An Insecure Age, is seriously a great read. His writing style is lively and the issues could not be more timely.

Use the list below to select your topics of interest. Link on and go go go gooooooo!!

Europe's Promise:
US vs Europe

About the book: the trans-Atlantic debate, speeches, lectures, discussions, videos, interviews, the European book tour, talk radio sessions, blog postings, articles, and reports
Greece & California:
Debt Crisis

Financial crisis, deficits, public debt, budget, EU intervention, bailouts, taxation, IOU's, Euro-zone stability, bonds, PIIGS, financial industry
President Obama
& Capitol Hill

Leadership, economic policy, stimulus, financial industry bailouts, deficits, health care reform, jobs, immigration, foreign policy, the military, congress, legislation, filibusters
EU & Europe
Social & economic democracy, trans-Atlantic relations, Euro-zone, EU Leaders, Chancellor Merkel exclusive, public debt, treaties, green issues, financial industry, economic crisis, bailouts, immigration, jobs, health care, welfare state
Economy & Markets
Financial industry, banks, Wall Street, financial expertise, Paul Krugman, Euro stability, bailouts, economic policy & reform, taxation, deficits, stimulus, budgets, market reform, growth

International Issues
International approach to social, political, cultural, economic, scientific and technical initiatives undertaken globally.
Health Care
Health care industry, coops, legislation, benefits, public option, insurance, health care policy & reforms, Medicare, Obamacare
Social & Democratic Reform
Social policies, health care laws & legislation, retirement, social benefits, pensions, social security, welfare reform, immigration, minorities, social democracy, social cohesion
Political & Judicial Reform
Electoral & voting reform, campaign financing reform, proportional representation, political parties, political conservatives, supreme court, political reform, constitutional reform
Labor & Management
Jobs, unemployment, unions, management, codetermination, kurzarbeit, labor law & legislation, labor reform
Green Agenda
Environment, energy, green technology, green policies, Copenhagen, climate change, sustainable development, environmental goals, Gulf oil spill
Worldview: Outside Europe
& North America

Covers countries and regions in: Asia and the Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Russia, Eastern Europe and South America
Steven Hill in Athens
Steven Hill visited Athens during his Speaking Tour of 20 European cities in 2010. The following special events were sponsored by the Athens Chapter of Democrats Abroad Greece:
  • 16 October: lecture – Athens Cultural Center 
  • 18 October: Keynote address – Greek Foreign Ministry 
  • 4 December: Interviews with: PM Papandreou and Deputy Minister Kouvelis 

Steven Hill Bookshelf
Publisher pages, book chapters, excerpts, book talks, book reviews and criticism.

Today there are a number of threats to the democratic process in the U.S.
Conservative forces like the Tea Party have created a gridlock in Washington. Recent Supreme Court rulings are turning civil liberties and voting rights inside out.

Hill’s book is perhaps more timely now than ever. It identifies America’s worst threats to the democratic process and puts forward strategies to improve our electoral and voting systems.