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Growing Apart?
America and Europe in the 21st Century

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Sven Steinmo, Jeffrey Kopstein, Steven Pfaff, Christopher Cochrane, Neil Nevitte, Steve White, Donald Morrison, Mark Blyth, Steven Teles, Daniel Kenney, Randall Hansen, Daniel W. Drezner, Laurent Cohen-Tanugi
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  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521879316

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  • This book explores the forces pushing America away from its democratic friends and neighbors. It examines the underlying forces shaping the democratic states of the West. Individual chapters pose questions such as: Why is religion so powerful in America? How will the flow of immigration shape politics across the West? Why is Europe rejecting America’s version of capitalism? How is the media changing in Europe and America? Why are “Conservatives” so different on each side of the Atlantic? And, finally, what do these competing forces portend for the future of the transatlantic relationship?

    • Explores the underlying forces shaping America's relationship with the world
    • Brings together a unique mix of world-class experts on religion, the media, immigration, public opinion, economic policy and international relations
    • Addresses whether the 'West' will continue to remain a coherent entity in the 21st century
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The question of whether the United States and Europe will or even should remain closely allied is a critical and much debated one. Bringing together some of the most impressive scholars on both sides of the Atlantic, this book grapples with this question from a wide range of angles. It will be a ‘must-read’ for all concerned with U.S.-European relations, the ‘future of the West,’ and the way in which international and domestic factors interact to produce policy outcomes."
    Sheri Berman, Barnard College

    "Whether the West maintains its cohesion in the face of growing differences across the Atlantic is one of the most important and interesting questions in world affairs. The contributors to this volume provide outstanding analyses of a range of political, economic and cultural issues that make this book invaluable to anyone concerned about the future of Transatlantic relations."
    James Goldgeier, George Washington University

    "A thorough, thoughtful and provocative treatment. The topic selection is excellent, and a number of essays are superb, especially those of Cohrane et al., Cohen-Tangui, and Drezner. Readers may – and even should – disagree with some of the assessments, but this is likely to become a widely-cited account of European-American relations at the present time."
    Robert J. Lieber, Georgetown University

    "Tocqueville was convinced that nineteenth-century America was the mirror where old societies of Europe could contemplate their inexorable fate. Kopstein and Steinmo by contrast wonder if Europe and America are not growing apart. They do not provide a clear-cut answer to the question, but offer us a rich analysis of the trends which sometimes work in a rather complex and contradictory way. The aphorism according to which ‘Britain and America are two peoples divided by the same language’ might work for Europe and the US as well. They use the same semantics: liberalism, democracy, fundamental rights – but give them contrasting interpretations. Here is the paradox: Divorce is impossible but living together is not easy. Thanks to Kopstein, Steinmo, and their collaborators, we get a better and updated understanding of this unhappy couple."
    Yves Mény, President, European University Institute

    "Several important theories in the social science have for long predicted that countries that share the same basic economic organizing principles would converge in their politics and social organization. This volume shows that at least in one very important respect, this is not the case. On the contrary, there is an increasing variation in political behavior, social outcomes, and ideological beliefs among the industrialized capitalist market dominated countries. Both the political elite and ‘people in general’ in Western Europe and the United States respectively have increasingly divergent ideas about what type of society they want to build. In an elegant and sophisticated way, this volume addresses head on this puzzle of why ‘the west’ is growing apart. It contains several surprising and counterintuitive findings and ideas and deserves a wide audience."
    Bo Rothstein, August Röhss Chair in Political Science at Göteborg University

    Perspectives on Politics, David M. Andrews, Scripps College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521879316
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 162 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: growing apart? America and Europe in the 21st century Sven Steinmo and Jeffrey Kopstein
    1. The religious divide: why religion seems to be thriving in the United States and waning in Europe Steven Pfaff
    2. Value change in Europe and North America: convergence or something else? Christopher Cochrane, Neil Nevitte and Steve White
    3. On different planets: news media in the U.S. and Europe Donald Morrison
    4. One ring to bind them all: American power and neoliberal capitalism Mark Blyth
    5. Spreading the word: the diffusion of American conservatism in Europe and beyond Steven Teles and Daniel Kenney
    6. Work, welfare, and wanderlust: immigration and integration in Europe and North America Randall Hansen
    7. Lost in translation: the transatlantic divide over diplomacy Daniel W. Drezner
    8. The Atlantic divide in historical perspective: a view from Europe Laurent Cohen-Tanugi.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century
  • Editor

    Jeffrey Kopstein, University of Toronto
    Jeffrey Kopstein is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Politics of Economic Decline in East Germany 1945–1989, and coeditor of Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, and Institutions in a Changing Global Order.


    Sven Steinmo, European University Institute, Florence
    Professor Sven Steinmo holds the Chair in Public Policy and Political Economy at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. He is also a Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an Honorary Professor at Odense University, Denmark. His writing includes Taxation and Democracy (Winner, 1994 Best Book Prize, Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association), Structuring Politics (coedited with Kathleen Thelen), and Political Evolution and Policy Change (coedited with Bo Rothstein).


    Sven Steinmo, Jeffrey Kopstein, Steven Pfaff, Christopher Cochrane, Neil Nevitte, Steve White, Donald Morrison, Mark Blyth, Steven Teles, Daniel Kenney, Randall Hansen, Daniel W. Drezner, Laurent Cohen-Tanugi

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