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Overview

The Political System of the European Union sets out a new way of analysing, researching and teaching the European Union. Starting from the observation that the EU now possesses many of the attributes of modern political systems. Simon Hix argues that we should use the general theories and methods of political science to help us 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 parties, and regulatory, redistributive, monetary, internal security and global policies - the book introduces the key political science tools, reviews the latest theoretical research, and applies this knowledge in detailed descriptive analysis.
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Hix (London School of Economics and Political Science) provides an overview of the workings of the European Union that draws on the general theories and methods of political science. For each of the main processes in the EU political system<-->executive, legislative and judicial politics, public opinion, interest groups and parties, and regulatory, redistributive, monetary, internal security and global policies<-->he introduces the key political science tools, reviews recent theoretical research, and applies this knowledge in descriptive analysis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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 Hill

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230249813
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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

BJØRN HØYLAND is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : explaining the EU political system 1
Pt. I Government
2 Executive politics 27
3 Legislative politics 72
4 Judicial politics 111
Pt. II Politics
5 Public opinion 147
6 Democracy, parties and elections 175
7 Interest representation 208
Pt. III Policy-making
8 Regulation of the single market 235
9 Expenditure policies 271
10 Economic and monetary union 309
11 Citizen freedom and security policies 344
12 Foreign policies 374
13 Conclusion : rethinking the European Union 406
App Decision-making procedures in the European Union 415
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    A smart and conceptual guide to alternative theorerical perspectives of EU

    This book contains a treasury of theoretical approaches to EU. It summarises and explores further the possibilities to study European Union as a political system. It is very innovative and challenges the most popular approaches, developed in international relation theory by offering completely different perspective.

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