Professor of European and Comparative Politics
Office: CON 3.07, Connaught House
Office Hours: Thursdays 09:00-10:30 (By appointment)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7657
Simon Hix joined the LSE in 1997 and was promoted to Professor in 2004. Simon took his undergraduate and masters degrees at the LSE and his PhD at the European University Institute, in Florence.
He is Director of the Political Science and Political Economy Group at the LSE and is the co-editor of the journal European Union Politics. He has held visiting appointments at several top universities, including Stanford, Berkeley, UC San Diego, Sciences-Po in Paris, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, the College of Europe in Bruges, and Korean Institute for International Economic Policy in Seoul. Simon has extensive consultancy experience, including for the UK Cabinet Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Policy Centre, the Asian Development Bank, and has given evidence to the European affairs committees in the House of Lords and House of Commons.
He has written several books on EU and comparative politics, including most recently "What's Wrong With the EU and How to Fix It" (Polity, 2008). In 2008 he won the prestigious Fenno Prize from the American Political Science Association for his book (co-authored with Abdul Noury and Gerard Roland) "Democratic Politics in the European Parliament" (Cambridge, 2007), in 2005 he won the Longley Prize of the American Political Science Association for the best article on representation and electoral systems, and in 2004 he won a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award.
European Union Politics and Policy
The EU legislative process and the European Parliament
Parties and elections
Rational choice theory
GV101 Introduction to Political Science
GV264 Politics and Institutions in Europe
GV478E Political Science and Public Policy