"Combining a solid understanding of European integration with the latest advances in legislative studies, Democratic Politics in the European Parliament is bound to change our thinking of EU politics. Hix, Noury and Roland have produced a book that is empirically rich, theoretically challenging, methodologically sophisticated and yet written in highly accessible language. It is safe to promise that this book will become a landmark text among both EU scholars and students of parliaments." Tapio Raunio, Professor of Political Science, University of Tampere
"An original and compelling case for recognising the growing importance of party politics in the European Parliament." Michael Shackleton, European Parliament Secretariat
This 2007 book establishes that the parties in the European Parliament are cohesive and that political competition in this chamber is dominated by the left-right dimension, just as in other democratic parliaments. The authors argue that this is a positive development for the future of the EU's democratic accountability.