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The European Dream

How Europe's Vision of the Future is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream

Jeremy Rifkin



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Polity Press
15 September 2004
At one time the American Dream was the ideal and envy of the world. But today, at the dawn of the new Millennium, Europe is pointing a new way to the future. In this major new book, best-selling author Jeremy Rifkin argues that Europe has a vision of its own and is overtaking America as the world?s next superpower.

The American Dream was based on economic growth, personal wealth and independence. It was synonymous with love of country and patriotism, frontier mentality and the unbridled exercise of power. Yet what were once considered prime virtues - cherished and idealised not only in America but throughout the world - are increasingly seen by many as drawbacks and even impediments. But while the American Dream tires and languishes in the past, a new European Dream is being born. Today we see a new set of values emerging which are focused on sustainable development, quality of life and multilateralism. More cosmopolitan and less concerned with the brute exercise of power, the European Dream is better positioned to accommodate the many forces that are propelling us into a more interconnected and interdependent world.

Where does Britain fit into this story? The British find themselves betwixt and between a fading American Dream and a newly emerging European Dream which is gaining the upper hand in our contemporary global age. Rifkin argues that Britain is uniquely positioned to play a bridge role between Europe and America and has the potential to help create a synergy between the two superpowers of the 21st century. But in order to exercise any real influence in world affairs, Britain must choose to be part of a larger political entity. In a globally connected world, no people can exist any longer as an island unto themselves. The only question for Britain is whether it will make its home with America or with Europe.
By:   Jeremy Rifkin
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   illustrated edition
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 157mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   636g
ISBN:   9780745634258
ISBN 10:   0745634257
Pages:   450
Publication Date:   15 September 2004
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface. Introduction. New Lessons from the Old World. 1. The Slow Death of the American Dream. 2. The New Land of Opportunity. 3. The Quiet Economic Miracle. The Making of the Modern Age. 4. Space, Time and Modernity. 5. Inventing the Ideology of Property. 6. Forging Capitalist Markets and Nation States. The Coming Global Era. 7. Network Commence in a Globalized Economy. 8. The United States of Europe. 9. Government Without a Centre. 10. Romancing the Civil Society. 11. The Immigrant Dilemma. 12. Unity in Diversity. 13. Waging Peace. 14. A Second Enlightenment. 15. Universalizing the European Dream

Jeremy Rifkin is the best--selling author of The End of Work, The Biotech Century, and The Age of Access, each of which has been translated into more than fifteen languages. Since 1994, Mr. Rifkin has been a fellow at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program, where he lectures to CEOs and senior corporate management from around the world on new trends in science and technology and their impacts on the global economy, society and the environment. He is also an advisor to heads of state and government officials in a number of countries. Mr. Rifkin's monthly column on global issues appears in many of the world's leading newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian in the United Kingdom. He is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C

Reviews for The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream

The European Dream should be required reading on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrew Moravcsik, Financial Times Jeremy Rifkin, whose European Dream compares the economic and cultural boasts of the United States against the statistical and European reality, is that rare phenomenon: a management guru on the left of US politics, who eschews jargon, questions assumptions and feels as comfortable in Europe as in the US. Rifkin's argument is so compelling because it uses simple facts and figures to challenge US claims of supremacy. Mary Dejevsky, The Independent, Rifkin gives Europeans something to cheer us up and to which we should urgently aspire. Chris Patten, The Guardian Occasionally, in history, an outside observer is best able to define the spirit of a people. In 1831, for example, the French political philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville, visited a young America and wrote about his experiences in a book entitled Democracy in America. De Tocqueville helped Americans understand the American Dream and its importance for the world. Now, an American observer, Jeremy Rifkin, has written a book about the new European Dream which captures the very essence of the great experiment unfolding in Europe and its importance for a globalizing society. Europeans are in the midst of a profound debate about our vision of the future. Mr. Rifkin?s book mirrors the European soul, providing us a clear reflection of who we are, and what we stand for and aspire to in the new Europe. The European Dream is a thoughtful and inspiring work. Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission

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