Democratic Politics in the European Parliament
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Democratic Politics in the European Parliament by Simon Hix
Book DescriptionWith the European Parliament comprising politicians from many different countries, cultures, languages, national parties and institutional backgrounds, one might expect politics in the Parliament to be highly-fragmented and unpredictable. By studying more than 12,000 recorded votes between 1979 and 2004 this 2007 book establishes that the opposite is in fact true: transnational parties in the European Parliament are highly cohesive and the classic 'left-right' dimension dominates voting behaviour. Furthermore, the cohesion of parties in the European Parliament has increased as the powers of the Parliament have increased. The authors suggest that the main reason for these developments is that like-minded MEPs have incentives to form stable transnational party organizations and to use these organizations to compete over European Union policies. They suggest that this is a positive development for the future of democratic accountability in the European Union.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521694605
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Simon Hix
Political System of the European Union, Hardback (March 2011)
Systematically revised and rewritten throughout, and updated to cover the impact of the Lisbon Treaty, this highly-successful and ground-breaking text remains unique in analyzing the EU as a political system using the methods of comparative political science.
What's Wrong with the European Union and How to Fix it, Hardback (January 2008)
The European Union seems incapable of undertaking economic reforms and defining its place in the world. Public apathy towards the EU is also increasing, as citizens feel isolated from the institutions in Brussels and see no way to influence European level decisions.
Democratic Politics in the European Parliament, Hardback (April 2007)
This 2007 book argues that a strong party system in the European Parliament is promoting democratic accountability.
Europeanised Politics?, Paperback (November 2000)» View all books by Simon Hix
This comparative examination of the impact of European integration on the politics and government of EU member states covers the parties, the legal system, voters and public administration.
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Author Biography - Simon Hix
Simon Hix is Professor of European and Comparative Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Abdul G. Noury is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and the Institute for European Studies at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Gerard Roland is Professor in the Departments of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
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