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The Political System of the European Union

Simon Hix Bjorn Hoyland



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Red Globe Press
01 March 2011
The 3rd edition of this bestselling core textbook continues to give an innovative approach to 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 election.

To enhance teaching and learning, our companion website is packed with resources for both teachers and lecturers. Used together, this creates an indispensable and accessible companion to all upper-level undergraduate and Master's courses with a focus on EU Politics. The methodology used in this book seeks to make the make the political system of the EU accessible to political science students as a whole, as well as those specifically studying the EU.
By:   Simon Hix, Bjorn Hoyland
Imprint:   Red Globe Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   3rd ed. 2011
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   640g
ISBN:   9780230249820
ISBN 10:   0230249825
Series:   The European Union Series
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   01 March 2011
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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.- Conclusion.

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, Norway.

Reviews for The Political System of the European Union

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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