This book presents a vision for farreaching economic change in America connected to practical grassroots steps. It points to an economic system in which corporate success merges with the long-term welfare of the workers and the general population. The author examines the continued reality of social democracy in Europe and what lessons can be learned for the U.S. He demonstrates how progressive economic change is already being fought for by labor and community groups throughout America in such efforts as the Living Wage Movement and the emerging battle against sprawl. And he provides a wealth of concrete examples, tools, and ideas that everyone can use to organize for economic and social justice in their own communities.
Introduction: Paving the High Road, Closing the Low Road; Part One: European Social Democracy Points Toward the High Road; 1. Social Citizenship: Lessons from Sweden; 2. Associative Democracy: Lessons from Europe's German Powerhouse; 3. Social Partnership and Social Ownership: Lessons from Austria; 4. Confronting "Globalization" and the New Capitalist Agenda; 5. Facing the Ecological Crisis: The Meaning of Green Politics; 6. The Progressive Potential in the United States: Liberal Confinement and Radical Renewal; Part Two: Organizing for the High Road at Home; 7. The Living Wage Movement Sweeps the Nation!; 8. Building a High Road Agenda: Examples from Wisconsin; 9. State Campaigns for Economic Justice; 10. The New Labor Movement; 11. Melding Environmental and Social Justice Activism: The Emerging Battle Against Sprawl; 12. Toward a National Movement; 13. Progressive Electoral Politics