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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Political System of the European Union

Edition 3rd Edition
ISBN 9780230249813
Publication Date March 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series The European Union Series

Systematically revised and rewritten throughout, and updated to cover the impact ofthe Lisbon Treaty, this highly-successful and ground-breaking text remains unique in analyzing the EU as a political system using the methods of comparative political science.

SIMON HIX is Professor of European and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

BJØRN HØYLAND is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo, Norway.


Introduction.- PART I: GOVERNMENT.- Executive Politics.- Legislative Politics.- Judicial Politics.- PART II: POLITICS.- Public Opinion.- Democracy, Parties and Elections.- Interest Representation.- PART III: POLICIES.- Regulation of the Single Market.- Expenditure Policies.- Economic and Monetary Union.- Interior Policies.- Foreign Policies.- Conclusion.


Endorsements of previous edition: 'The best textbook on the European Union to date. Period.' - George Tsebelis, UCLA 'Hix's admirably lucid exposition melds state-of-the-art theory and rich empirical detail into what is likely to become the leading text on how the European Union's everyday political process actually works.' - Andrew Moravcsik, Princeton University This volume has a rare combination of virtues: accessible for students and required reading for EU scholars.' - Gary Marks, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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