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Professor Kelemen Social Policy and Politics: Lessons from Europe Spring 2011 LECTURE 1 WHY STUDY EUROPE
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Europe
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The European Anthem
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The European Anthem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFMykGQiV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrexhus-8kw
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First, to introduce myself. . From California Education: public schools BA, UC Berkeley MA, PhD Stanford Have lived/studied/worked in: Germany Belgium Hungary UK Previously taught at Oxford University
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My Research European Union Politics and Law Environmental Policy Comparative Public Policy / Political Economy Federalism Why Europe?
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Why Study Europe? It is always right for one who dwells in a well-ordered state to go forth on a voyage of enquiry by land and sea so as to confirm thereby such of his native laws as are rightly enacted and to amend any that are deficient. - Plato, Laws What do they know of England who only England know? - Rudyard Kipling The greatness of the Americans does not simply consist in their being more enlightened than other nations, but in their being able to repair their faults. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
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Why Study Europe? Because Europe is important… Biggest economic bloc in the world Biggest investor in US & biggest US trade partner Largest group of democracies Our strongest allies EU is a political body unprecedented in history
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Why Study Europe? To understand American politics and policies better How do other democracies work? How have European countries dealt with challenges similar to those we face? Health Care Fighting Poverty / Social Policies Economic Policies Environmental Policies Education etc… Can we learn anything from their experiences?
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American exceptionalism ? History of viewing America as ‘exceptional’ / unique country ‘City on a hill’ - Winthrop Land of the free “We’re #1” 58 % of Americans agreed that: "God has granted America a special role in human history." –Wash. Post, Nov.29, 2010 "I believe this is the greatest country on Earth, and I try to teach that to my children.” Obama “I’m a proud citizen of the greatest country on Earth.” McCain “But with Republicans and tea party activists accusing President Obama and the Democrats of turning the country toward socialism, the idea that the United States is inherently superior to the world's other nations has become the battle cry from a new front in the ongoing culture wars. Lately, it seems to be on the lips of just about every Republican who is giving any thought to running for president in 2012.” - Washington Post, Nov.29, 2010
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America is #1 in some things Economic power (largest economy of any single country and nearly largest GDP per capita)
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