What's Wrong with the Europe Union and How to Fix It
The risks are low because the EU has multiple checks-and-balances. Yet, the potential benefits are high, as more open politics could enable the EU to overcome policy gridlock, rebuild public support, and reduce the democratic deficit. This indispensable book will be of great interest to students of the European politics, scholars, policy makers and anyone concerned with the future of the European Union.
- Paperback | 228 pages
- 167 x 209 x 13mm | 318g
- 11 Apr 2008
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 1. Auflage
- black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
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Taking a diagnosis and cure approach to the EU'sdifficulties, Simon Hix tackles these problems with distinctclarity and open-mindedness. What the EU needs, Hix contends, ismore open political competition. This would promote policyinnovation, foster coalitions across the institutions, provideincentives for the media to cover developments in Brussels, andenable citizens to identify who governs in the EU and to take sidesin policy debates. The EU is ready for this new challenge. Theinstitutional reforms since the 1980s have transformed the EU intoa more competitive polity, and political battles and coalitions aredeveloping inside and between the European Parliament, the Council, and the Commission.
This emerging politics should be more central to the Brusselspolicy process, with clearer coalitions and identifiable winnersand losers, at least in the short term. The risks are low becausethe EU has multiple checks-and-balances. Yet, the potentialbenefits are high, as more open politics could enable the EU toovercome policy gridlock, rebuild public support, and reduce thedemocratic deficit. This indispensable book will be of greatinterest to students of the European politics, scholars, policymakers and anyone concerned with the future of the EuropeanUnion.
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"Hix s research makes a convincing case that left-right divisions have deeply penetrated policymaking in the parliament, the council and the commission. Missing is a contest for political power and policymaking between rival groups and policies, with clear winners and losers and a visible link between voting, leadership and outcome."
"[A] short and highly readable book, which began life as a series of policy papers written for the UK government."
Ethics and International Affairs
"Simon Hix s analysis is as authoritative as his case for reform is compelling. Reasoned, rigorous and riveting, this book is a must-read for all who care about the future of the European Union."
Sir Stephen Wall
"An exceptionally clear and provocative argument in favour of limited democratic politics in the EU, showing precisely how it could be applied to the 2009 European elections."
Michael Shackleton, Secretariat of the European Parliament
"Simon Hix is among the leading political analysts of the European Union of his generation. Here he offers a critical yet balanced analysis of Europe s democratic deficit , linked to pragmatic proposals for reform. Whether one agrees or not, this slim and readable volume is required reading for anyone seriously concerned about the constitutional future and political legitimacy of Europe."
Andrew Moravcsik, Princeton University