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Comparing the US and Europa: Identity Politics and the Welfare State

Brännpunkt Europa invite you to the first lunch-lecture this fall. We are proud to present Mr. Harvey Feigenbaum who is a professor of Political Science and International Affairs, at George Washington University.

People who visited the US and Europe are confronted with major differences: The American welfare state is smaller, it is more religious, and its political spectrum skews to the right of Europeans. An explanation for these differences can be found in the different conditions of industrialization and in the different kinds of identity politics. In America, politics is constrained by race, religion, and ethnicity. In Europe, the principal constraint is class. On both sides of the Atlantic, changes in the world economy are undermining the welfare state and introducing new forms of political conflict.