Professor Simon Hix

Photo Simon Hix

Harold Laski Professor of Political Science

Office: CON 3.07, Connaught House
Office Hours: Thursdays 09:00 - 11:00
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.

Research Interests

  • European Union Politics and Policy
  • The EU legislative process and the European Parliament
  • Parties and elections
  • Rational choice theory

Teaching Responsibilities

  • GV101: Introduction to Political Science
  • GV251: Government, Politics and Public Policy in the European Union
  • GV264: Politics and Institutions in Europe
  • GV450: European Politics: Comparative Analysis
  • GV478E Political Science and Public Policy