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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Political System of the European Union

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230802315
Publication Date March 2005
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series The European Union Series

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

Reviews/Endorsements of 1st 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, Harvard 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

'Simon Hix has produced a book which does many things and does them well. [It] offers both a valuable tool box for the study of the EU and a very up to date and stimulating set of blueprints to help us use them.' - Clive H. Church, Political Studies

SIMON HIX is Professor of European Union Politics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Introduction: Explaining the EU Political System
Executive Politics
Legislative Politics
Judicial Politics
Public Opinion
Democracy, Parties and Elections
Interest Representation
Regulation of the Single Market
Expenditure Policies
Economic and Monetary Union
Citizen Freedom and Security Policies
Foreign Policies
Conclusions: Rethinking the European Union
Appendix: Decision-making Procedures of the European Union


'[E]ssential reading for every university undergraduate studying the EU.' - Jane O'Mahony, Journal of Common Market Studies
'This is an original, important and impressive book. It engages in meticulous research and investigation of the political institutions, partisan forces and public policies of the EU.' - Professor Alistair Cole, Times Higher Education Supplement
'[T]heoretically and methodologically ambitious...an original, important and impressive book.' - Alistair Cole, Times Higher Education Supplement
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