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
Many thought the 21st century would witness political, economic and even ideological convergence amongst the countries of the West. This has not happened. Today we see America 'growing apart' from her democratic allies and neighbors. Growing Apart shows how the social, political, and economic forces shaping advanced democratic states are pushing America in different directions from the rest of the democratic world and argues that these changes are not the product of any particular president or government. This volume brings together a set of leading scholars who each examine the evolution of different social, political, and economic forces shaping Europe and America. It is the first book to unite the international relations scholarship on transatlantic relations with the comparative politics literature on the varieties of capitalism. Taken together, the essays in this volume address whether the 'West' will continue to remain a coherent entity in the 21st century.
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.