What's Wrong with the European Union and How to Fix it
By (author) Simon Hix
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What's Wrong with the European Union and How to Fix it by Simon Hix
Book DescriptionThe 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. Taking a diagnosis and cure approach to the EU's difficulties, Simon Hix tackles these problems with distinct clarity and open-mindedness. What the EU needs, Hix contends, is more open political competition. This would promote policy innovation, foster coalitions across the institutions, provide incentives for the media to cover developments in Brussels, and enable citizens to identify who governs in the EU and to take sides in policy debates. The EU is ready for this new challenge. The institutional reforms since the 1980s have transformed the EU into a more competitive polity, and political battles and coalitions are developing inside and between the European Parliament, the Council, and the Commission. This emerging politics should be more central to the Brussels policy process, with clearer coalitions and identifiable winners and losers, at least in the short term. The risks are low because the EU has multiple checks-and-balances. Yet, the potential benefits are high, as more open politics could enable the EU to overcome policy gridlock, rebuild public support, and reduce the democratic deficit. This indispensable book will be of great interest to students of the European politics, scholars, policy makers and anyone concerned with the future of the European Union.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745642048
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 27-Jan-2008
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, Paperback (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?, Hardback (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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