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The Political System of the European Union Paperback – August 14, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0312225360 ISBN-10: 0312225369 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: European Union
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (August 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312225369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312225360
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,246,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviews of previous edition:
"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
"The best textbook on the European Union to date. Period."--George Tsebelis, UCLA
"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
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Simon Hix is Lecturer in European Union Politics and Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
In the preface to 'The Political System of the European Union' the author articulates that the central aim of the book is to provide an extensive review of the recent 'explosion' of empirical and theoretical literature, concentrating on the European Union's (EU) decision making and policy process. This aim is fulfilled admirably, in a comprehensive and accessible manner. The book begins by examining the EU system of Government. However, the conventional approach of examining separately each of the governing institutions is rejected in favour of examining in turn, the Executive (Council of Ministers and Commission), Legislature (European Parliament) and Judiciary (European Court of Justice). This classification not only increases parsimony, but also allows for the 'importation' of a wider body of political science literature in which the theories of governance have been developed to an extent far beyond those seen in the sub-field of European Studies. The book subsequently turns its attention to the politics of the EU, concentrating on public opinion, parties and interest representation. Drawing extensively on recent work by Mathew Gabel, and through original analysis of Eurobarometer data, a detailed picture is provided of the stratification of support for EU integration throughout European society. One major conclusion is made - the European issue cuts across the traditional left-right dimension - encouraging Europe's main political parties to play down the European issue in domestic competition. The consequences of this conclusion are analysed in the context of the EU's 'nascent political parties' and the prospects for majoritarian democracy - prospects which Hix concludes are extremely limited.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liv on October 30, 2000
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This book is for someone who has a pretty decent knowledge of the EU and of the governmental process. The book is crammed with information but is WORDY and Hix is a bit long winded at times. He provides a lot of references to other political theorists with whom the reader should be familiar with before he or she tries to dive into this text. I found it to be nice to read as a follow up text on the EU rather than reading it on its own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. J KUBIK on January 17, 2006
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This would make a great text for an upper division class on the EU or on comparative legislative politics. I am very impressed with its theoretical sophistication with the inclusion of simple spatial models that make its content comparable with a book such as Krehbiel's _Pivotal Politics_.
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Switching from Cini's textbook to Hix's, the former being too fragmented an account, the latter rich with theoretical background.But, for pedagogic purposes, it needs being flanked by some introductory material.
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