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Simon Hix 
What’s Wrong with the Europe Union and How to Fix It 

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The European Union seems incapable of undertaking economic reformsand defining its place in the world. Public apathy towards the EUis also increasing, as citizens feel isolated from the institutionsin Brussels and see no way to influence European level decisions.

Taking a diagnosis and cure approach to the EU’sdifficulties, Simon Hix tackles these problems with distinctclarity and open-mindedness. What the EU needs, Hix contends, ismore open political competition. This would promote policyinnovation, foster coalitions across the institutions, provideincentives for the media to cover developments in Brussels, andenable citizens to identify who governs in the EU and to take sidesin policy debates. The EU is ready for this new challenge. Theinstitutional reforms since the 1980s have transformed the EU intoa more competitive polity, and political battles and coalitions aredeveloping inside and between the European Parliament, the Council, and the Commission.

This emerging politics should be more central to the Brusselspolicy process, with clearer coalitions and identifiable winnersand losers, at least in the short term. The risks are low becausethe EU has multiple checks-and-balances. Yet, the potentialbenefits are high, as more open politics could enable the EU toovercome policy gridlock, rebuild public support, and reduce thedemocratic deficit. This indispensable book will be of greatinterest to students of the European politics, scholars, policymakers and anyone concerned with the future of the European Union.
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Table of Content

List of figures, tables and boxes vi

Preface ix

List of abbreviations xi

1. Introduction 1

2. Why the European Union is more necessary than ever 8

PART I: THE DIAGNOSIS 29

3. Policy gridlock 31

4. Lack of popular legitimacy 50

5. A democratic deficit 67

PART II: THE CURE 87

6. The case for ‘limited democratic politics’ in the EU 89

7. How the EU is ready for limited democratic politics 110

8. Encouraging democratic politics in the EU 137

9. A scenario: the 2009 European Commission President contest166

10. Conclusion and response to potential critiques 179

Notes 193

References 200

Index 208

About the author

Simon Hix is a British political scientist and Harold Laski Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Language English ● Format EPUB ● Pages 232 ● ISBN 9780745658377 ● File size 1.2 MB ● Publisher John Wiley & Sons ● Published 2013 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 2706775 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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