The Political System of the European Union

The Political System of the European Union

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The Political System of the European Union sets out an innovative way of analyzing, researching and teaching the European Union. Starting from the observation that the EU now possesses many of the attributes of modern political systems, Hix and Hoyland argue that we should use the general theories of political science to help understand how the EU works. For each of the main processes in the EU political system - executive, legislative and judicial politics, public opinion, interest groups and democracy, and regulatory, monetary and foreign policies - the book introduces the key political science tools, reviews the relevant theories, and applies the knowledge in detailed descriptive analysis. The third edition of this highly acclaimed and groundbreaking text has been fully revised and rewritten throughout. As well as incorporating new data and the latest research, it examines the consequences of key developments in the EU, from enlargement to the Lisbon treaty and the 2009 European Parliament more

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 24mm | 621.42g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 27 black & white tables, 40 figures
  • 0230249825
  • 9780230249820
  • 145,449

About Simon Hix

SIMON HIX is Professor of European and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. BJORN HOYLAND is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo, more

Review quote

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 Hillshow more

Table of contents

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 Conclusionshow more