iOS app Android app

Steven Hill
Steven Hill is a political writer, columnist and policy analyst. His latest book, Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age, was published in January 2010. His previous books include 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy (2006), Fixing Elections: The Failure of America's Winner Take All Politics (2003) and Whose Vote Counts (with Rob Richie, 2001). Mr. Hill's articles and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Guardian, Financial Times, International Politik (IP), New York Daily News, The Nation, Ms.,, American Prospect, Social Europe, Le Monde Diplomatique, Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey), Taiwan News, Roll Call, Sierra, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and other leading publications. Mr Hill has appeared on international, national and local radio and television programs, and has lectured widely in the United States and Europe. He is co-founder of FairVote and former director of the political reform program at the New America Foundation. He has been a leading force for political reform in the United States for many years. For more information, visit Steven Hill's personal website at

Entries by Steven Hill

Compromise for Hong Kong: An Electoral College That Works

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 3:59 PM

china focus

Watching pro-democracy students take over the streets of Hong Kong raises conflicting feelings. One can't help but cheer their drive for greater democracy and freedom, yet at the same time remember how similar aspirations were drowned in blood in Beijing's...

Read Post

The EU Should Give Britain the Boot

(4) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 8:00 PM

From leading Europe into the disaster of the Iraq war, a banking and financial collapse and now foot-dragging on financial reform, the UK has been more destructive than Greece.

Few countries need a reality check as much as Britain. Leading British political figures are rattling their...

Read Post

Was Rahm Right About Progressives?

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2011 | 4:29 AM

In 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel infamously said that progressives are "fucking retarded." Lately I've begun to think he was correct -- though not for the same reasons as Emanuel, who thought that progressives held unrealistic expectations for his boss, President Barack Obama. Progressives are...

Read Post

An Open Letter to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein About Her Position on the Filibuster

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 2:31 PM

Dear Senator Feinstein,

Thank you for your response* to my letter, but I completely disagree with your position. The filibuster is anti-majoritarian, as is the US Senate itself. Senator Feinstein, you and Sen Boxer represent 38 million Californians while the two Senators from Wyoming represent a half a million...

Read Post

The China Superpower Hoax

(51) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 9:20 AM

China must have the best public relations maestros in the world. How else would a country with a lower per capita income than Iran, Mexico and Kazakhstan, one of the worst environmental records of any major nation, endemic corruption, jails stuffed with dissenters, and a dictatorship, besides, be hailed by...

Read Post

My Interview With Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou... From the Top of the Acropolis

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 12:01 PM

My interview with PM Papandreou was preceded by one with his Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spyros Kouvelis. I was ushered into a pleasant yet not extravagant office, decorated tastefully with various artworks of Greek culture and personal artifacts. The Deputy Minister was joined by some of his staff, including...

Read Post

Reconsidering Japan, Reconsidering Paul Krugman

(119) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 4:13 PM

The New York Times is doing a series on Japan that it describes as an examination of "the effects on Japanese society of two decades of economic stagnation and declining prices." Reading the series is about as cheery a task as rubbernecking at a car wreck on I-95....

Read Post

Don't Cut Social Security, Double It

(116) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 7:40 AM

With Congressional elections around the corner, Social Security has become part of the anti-big government mantra of Tea Party candidates. So far, the "debate" over Social Security has been between those deficit busters who say it must be cut to reduce government debt, and others who want to maintain it...

Read Post

New Study Identifies Revenues for Doubling of Social Security Payout

(4) Comments | Posted August 18, 2010 | 8:25 PM

To mark the 75th anniversary of Social Security, the Next Social Contract Initiative of the New America Foundation has published a provocative new study by Steven Hill, a leading expert in comparative social policy. Noting that, in the wake of the Great Recession, most Americans are even more...

Read Post

Obama Needs an Energy Policy Like Europe's: Lessons From the Gulf of Mexico

(4) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 5:19 PM

With the Greek default crisis still hanging over Europe, it may seem like Europe can't do anything right. But with millions of gallons of toxic black oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the United States could learn plenty from Europe about energy policy.

By forging ahead with widespread implementation...

Read Post

What the Doomsayers Haven't Been Telling You about Greece

(18) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 3:53 PM

The recent battle over health care reform in the United States, in which the Obama administration was barely able to pass weak reform, is just further proof of how far the U.S. has fallen behind Europe. Yet all the media has been able to obsess over for the last couple...

Read Post

Happy Tax Day: Are Americans Getting Their Money's Worth?

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 4:21 PM

Most Americans seem to regard April 15 -- the day income tax returns are due to the Internal Revenue Service -- as a recurring tragedy on the order of a Biblical plague. Particularly this year, with U.S. government deficits soaring, everyone from the Tea Partiers to Glenn Beck and Senate...

Read Post

The Silver Lining of the Greek Debt Crisis

(5) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 9:53 PM

Greece's debt situation has pundits taking out their crystal balls trying to divine the future not only of Greece, but also the euro and Europe. Every news outlet from the New York Times to National Public Radio has joined the chorus of gloom and doom. But what all these experts...

Read Post

Economic Aftershocks in Greece and California

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 2:03 PM

Over a year ago, the world economy suffered a massive economic quake of 8.0 on the Richter scale. Since then different countries have been experiencing a number of aftershocks. Two such events have grabbed headlines, one recently in Greece and another last summer in California. A comparison of these two...

Read Post

Great Speech, Mr. President: But Are You Ready to Deliver?

(7) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 1:31 AM

I thought President Barack Obama's "State of the Union" speech was strong. He genuflected long enough at the important points to show that, more than any other top politician in this country, he has a clear grasp of the direction our nation badly needs to go. And he made some...

Read Post

State of Obama: Is "Obama fatigue" Setting In?

(9) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 1:09 PM

As we await President Barack Obama's first State of the Union speech, there are clear signs of "Obama fatigue" setting in. Recently I spent a lot of time with some relatives and old friends, so when the president's happy or frowning visage came on the tube I could gauge the...

Read Post

Obama's Pro-Union Nominations to Labor Relations Board Stalled

(5) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 6:20 PM

By Dmitri Iglitzin and Steven Hill

A pitched battle is taking place behind closed doors over the Obama administration's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). It's unfortunate that the conflict has avoided the glare of the public spotlight, because the outcome of this partisan skirmish may be...

Read Post

Europe's Post-Copenhagen View of Obama

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2010 | 4:47 PM

Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age.

The Copenhagen summit on climate change taught Europe a hard lesson about its trans-Atlantic partner. Great hope had greeted President Obama when he replaced George W. Bush at the American helm, but a year...

Read Post

How Obama Can Create Jobs and Decrease Unemployment

(32) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 1:42 AM

With the nation's unemployment rate at 10 percent, the highest in a generation, President Barack Obama could learn a thing or two about job creation by heading down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

On display is an exhibit of New Deal-era paintings that show men building...

Read Post

The Problem Is Minority Rule

(50) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 2:53 PM

The 40 Republican U.S. Senators represent barely a third of all Americans, yet with one added Democratic vote they can stymie what most Americans want.

The health care drama in the U.S. Senate is cresting. After months of hearings -- and decades of dithering -- it is time to...

Read Post