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Title:
The political system of the European Union
Author:
Hix, Simon.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xix, 427 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780312225353

9780312225360
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Book

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The Political System of the European Union sets out a new way of analyzing, researching and teaching the EU. This approach starts from the recognition that the EU possesses all the attributes of a modern political system. The book subsequently argues that we should use general theories and methods in political science to understand how the EU works. For each of the main processes in the EU political system, the book introduces the key political science tools, applies these in a detailed description of the workings of the EU, and compares the results to the latest theoretical and empirical research on the EU.


Summary

The Political System of the European Unionsets out a new way of analyzing, researching and teaching the EU. This approach starts from the recognition that the EU possesses all the attributes of a modern "political system." The book subsequently argues that we should use general theories and methods in political science to understand how the EU works. For each of the main processes in the EU political system, the book introduces the key political science tools, applies these in a detailed description of the workings of the EU, and compares the results to the latest theoretical and empirical research on the EU.


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Choice Review

This volume, part of St. Martin's "The European Union Series," proves a very welcome addition to the literature. Provisions of the Maastricht Treaty, from which the Union's structure emerges, added layers of complexity to the already complicated institutions running much of Europe. While other books in the series focus on specific policy concerns, Hix (London School of Economics) leads us through the labyrinthine corridors of bureaucracy, legislature, and councils. He explains how decisions are made, relating the pattern of decision making to the structure managing the issue. Thus, Hix provides a crucial link to the other texts, explaining how decisions on new members take one form, while decisions on regional policy take another. The material may be better suited for advanced readers, but undergraduates will find his excellent presentation of economic and political considerations very informative, thought-provoking, and very well balanced. The appendix on the European Union's rules for decision making provides an excellent summary and comparison across institutions, and the index and bibliography link the text to a wide range of substantive and theoretical material. J. H. P. Williams; East Carolina University


Choice Review

This volume, part of St. Martin's "The European Union Series," proves a very welcome addition to the literature. Provisions of the Maastricht Treaty, from which the Union's structure emerges, added layers of complexity to the already complicated institutions running much of Europe. While other books in the series focus on specific policy concerns, Hix (London School of Economics) leads us through the labyrinthine corridors of bureaucracy, legislature, and councils. He explains how decisions are made, relating the pattern of decision making to the structure managing the issue. Thus, Hix provides a crucial link to the other texts, explaining how decisions on new members take one form, while decisions on regional policy take another. The material may be better suited for advanced readers, but undergraduates will find his excellent presentation of economic and political considerations very informative, thought-provoking, and very well balanced. The appendix on the European Union's rules for decision making provides an excellent summary and comparison across institutions, and the index and bibliography link the text to a wide range of substantive and theoretical material. J. H. P. Williams; East Carolina University


Table of Contents

Introduction: Explaining the EU
Political System
Executive Politics
Legislative Politics
Judicial Politics
Public Opinion
Parties, Elections and Democracy in the EU
Interest Representation
Regulation of the Single Market
Distributive Policies
Economic and Monetary Union
Citizen Freedom and Security Policies
Global Policies
Conclusion: Rethinking the European Union