Professor Simon Hix

Photo Simon Hix

Professor of European and Comparative Politics

Email:  s.hix@lse.ac.uk|
Office: H307, Connaught House
Office Hours: Thursdays 10.00am-11.30am (By appointment only)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7657
Website: personal.lse.ac.uk/HIX/|

Biography


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
  • GV264 Politics and Institutions in Europe
  • GV478E Political Science and Public Policy

Publications


Between science and engineering: reflections on the apsa presidential task force on political science, electoral rules, and democratic governance
Htun, Mala, Wilson, Marie C., Wilson, Joseph C., Ferree, Karen, Scheiner, Ethan, Krook, Mona Lena, Moser, Robert, Shugart, Matthew Søberg, Carey, John M., Hix, Simon, Rehfeld, Andrew, Schwartzberg, Melissa, Mozaffar, Shaheen and Reynolds, Andrew (2013) Between science and engineering: reflections on the apsa presidential task force on political science, electoral rules, and democratic governance. Perspectives on Politics, 11 (3). pp. 808-840. ISSN 1541-0986

Empowerment of the European Parliament
Hix, Simon and Høyland, Bjørn (2013) Empowerment of the European Parliament. Annual Review of Political Science, 16 (1). pp. 171-189. ISSN 1094-2939

David Cameron’s speech was about as pro-European as can be expected of a British Conservative Prime Minister in the current context
Hix, Simon (2013) David Cameron’s speech was about as pro-European as can be expected of a British Conservative Prime Minister in the current context. British Politics and Policy at LSE (28 Jan 2013) Blog Entry.

David Cameron’s speech was about as pro-European as can be expected of a British Conservative Prime Minister in the current context.
Hix, Simon (2013) David Cameron’s speech was about as pro-European as can be expected of a British Conservative Prime Minister in the current context. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (26 Jan 2013) Blog Entry.

District magnitude and representation of the majority's preferences: a comment and reinterpretation
Carey, John M. and Hix, Simon (2013) District magnitude and representation of the majority's preferences: a comment and reinterpretation. Public Choice, 154 (1-2). pp. 139-148. ISSN 0048-5829

National or European parliamentarians?: evidence from a new survey of the Members of the European Parliament
Scully, Roger, Hix, Simon and Farrell, David M. (2012) National or European parliamentarians?: evidence from a new survey of the Members of the European Parliament. Journal of Common Market Studies, 50 (4). pp. 670-683. ISSN 0021-9886

Why the European Parliament should not be abolished
Hix, Simon (2012) Why the European Parliament should not be abolished. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (05 Mar 2012) Blog Entry.

David Cameron’s EU treaty veto is a disaster for Britain
Hix, Simon (2011) David Cameron’s EU treaty veto is a disaster for Britain. British Politics and Policy at LSE (09 Dec 2011) Blog Entry.

The electoral sweet spot: low-magnitude proportional electoral systems
Carey, John M. and Hix, Simon (2011) The electoral sweet spot: low-magnitude proportional electoral systems. American Journal of Political Science, 55 (2). pp. 383-397. ISSN 0092-5853

The political system of the European Union
Hix, Simon and Hoyland, Bjorn (2011) The political system of the European Union. 3rd ed., Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780230249813

Second-Order effects plus Pan-European political swings: an analysis of European parliament elections across time
Hix, Simon and Marsh, Michael (2011) Second-Order effects plus Pan-European political swings: an analysis of European parliament elections across time. Electoral Studies, 30 (1). pp. 4-15. ISSN 0261-3794

Institutional design of regional integration: balancing delegation and representation
Hix, Simon (2011) Institutional design of regional integration: balancing delegation and representation. In: Kahler, Miles and MacIntyre, Andrew, (eds.) Integrating Regions: Asia in Comparative Context. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Party politics in the European Union
Hix, Simon (2011) Party politics in the European Union. In: Enderlein, Henrik, Wälti, Sonja and Zürn, Michael, (eds.) Handbook on Multi-Level Governance. Edward Elgard Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, pp. 227-238. ISBN 9781847202413

Treaty reform and the Commission's appointment and policy-making role in the European Union
Crombez, Christophe and Hix, Simon (2011) Treaty reform and the Commission's appointment and policy-making role in the European Union. European Union Politics, 12 (3). pp. 291-314. ISSN 1741-2757

Where is the EU going? Collapse, fiscal union, a supersized Switzerland or a new democratic politics
Hix, Simon (2011) Where is the EU going? Collapse, fiscal union, a supersized Switzerland or a new democratic politics. Public Policy Research, 18 (2). pp. 81-87. ISSN 1744-5396

EU is flawed, but it can be fixed
Hix, Simon (2010) EU is flawed, but it can be fixed. The Telegraph (13 Dec 2010)

Party politics in the EU
Hix, Simon (2010) Party politics in the EU. In: Enderlein, Henrik, Wälti, Sonja and Zürn, Michael, (eds.) Handbook on Multi-Level Governance. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781847202413

Institutional design of regional integration: balancing delegation and representation
Hix, Simon (2010) Institutional design of regional integration: balancing delegation and representation. ADB working paper series on regional economic integration, 64. Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines.

Can the Chancellor still influence voting patterns in the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England?
Hix, Simon, Vivyan, Nick and Hoyland, Bjorn (2010) Can the Chancellor still influence voting patterns in the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England? British Politics and Policy at LSE (28 Oct 2010) Blog Entry.

From doves to hawks: a spatial analysis of voting in the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England
Hix, Simon, Holyland, Bjorn and Vivyan, Nick (2010) From doves to hawks: a spatial analysis of voting in the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. European Journal of Political Research, 49 (6). pp. 731-758. ISSN 0304-4130

Electoral reform: a vote for change?
Hix, Simon, Johnston, Ron and McLean, Iain (2010) Electoral reform: a vote for change? Political Insight, 1 (2). pp. 61-63. ISSN 2041-9066

Electoral systems, political career paths and legislative behavior: evidence from South Korea's mixed-member system
Hae-Won, Jun and Hix, Simon (2010) Electoral systems, political career paths and legislative behavior: evidence from South Korea's mixed-member system. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 11 (2). pp. 153-171. ISSN 1468-1099

Con-Lib coalitions are now the norm in Europe
Hix, Simon (2010) Con-Lib coalitions are now the norm in Europe. British Politics and Policy at LSE (07 Jun 2010) Blog Entry.

One day to go: Hix-Vivyan prediction up to 3 May
Hix, Simon and Vivyan, Nick (2010) One day to go: Hix-Vivyan prediction up to 3 May. British Politics and Policy at LSE (05 May 2010) Blog Entry.

Tories still short of a majority: Hix-Vivyan prediction up to 26 April
Hix, Simon and Vivyan, Nick (2010) Tories still short of a majority: Hix-Vivyan prediction up to 26 April. British Politics and Policy at LSE (28 Apr 2010) Blog Entry.

Labour and tories neck and neck? Hix-Vivyan prediction up to 19 April
Hix, Simon and Vivyan, Nick (2010) Labour and tories neck and neck? Hix-Vivyan prediction up to 19 April. British Politics and Policy at LSE (21 Apr 2010) Blog Entry.

Still a hung parliament: Hix-Vivyan prediction up to 23 March
Hix, Simon and Vivyan, Nick (2010) Still a hung parliament: Hix-Vivyan prediction up to 23 March. British Politics and Policy at LSE (25 Mar 2010) Blog Entry.

Hix-Vivyan election prediction, from polls up to 2 March
Hix, Simon and Vivyan, Nick (2010) Hix-Vivyan election prediction, from polls up to 2 March. British Politics and Policy at LSE (19 Mar 2010) Blog Entry.

Choosing an electoral system: a report by the British Academy Policy Centre, prepared by professor Simon Hix, professor Ron Johnston FBA and professor Iain McLean FBA with research assistance from Angela Cummine
Hix, Simon, Johnston, Ron and McLean, Iain (2010) Choosing an electoral system: a report by the British Academy Policy Centre, prepared by professor Simon Hix, professor Ron Johnston FBA and professor Iain McLean FBA with research assistance from Angela Cummine. British Academy, London, UK. ISBN 9780856725883

How to choose an electoral system
Hix, Simon, Johnston, Ron and McLean, Iain (2010) How to choose an electoral system. British Academy Review (15). pp. 1-3. ISSN 2047-1866

What to expect in the 2009-14 European Parliament: return of the grand coalition?
Hix, Simon (2009) What to expect in the 2009-14 European Parliament: return of the grand coalition? European policy analysis, 8. SIEPS, Stockholm, Sweden.

Predicting the June 2009 European Parliament elections
Hix, Simon, Marsh, Michael and Vivyan, Nick (2009) Predicting the June 2009 European Parliament elections. Predict09.Eu (22 Jun 2009) Website.

A truly European vote?
Hix, Simon (2009) A truly European vote? Bbc News (05 May 2009) Opinion Piece.

After enlargement: voting patterns in the sixth European Parliament
Hix, Simon and Noury, Abdul (2009) After enlargement: voting patterns in the sixth European Parliament. Legislative Studies Quarterly, XXXIV (2). pp. 159-174. ISSN 0362-9805

Voting patterns and alliance formation in the European Parliament
Hix, Simon, Noury, Abdul and Roland, Gerard (2009) Voting patterns and alliance formation in the European Parliament. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 364 (1518). p. 821. ISSN 0962-8436

Forum section: an automated database of the European Parliament
Hoyland, Bjorn, Sircar, Indraneel and Hix, Simon (2009) Forum section: an automated database of the European Parliament. European Union Politics, 10 (1). pp. 143-152. ISSN 1465-1165

The electoral sweet spot: low-magnitude proportional electoral systems
Carey, John M. and Hix, Simon (2009) The electoral sweet spot: low-magnitude proportional electoral systems. PSPE working papers, 01-2009. Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

The 2009 European Parliament elections: a disaster for Social Democrats
Hix, Simon (2009) The 2009 European Parliament elections: a disaster for Social Democrats. Eusa Review, 22 (4). pp. 2-5. ISSN 1535-7031

Could changing the electoral rules fix European parliament elections?
Hix, Simon and Hagemann, Sara (2009) Could changing the electoral rules fix European parliament elections? Politique Européenne, 28 (2). pp. 37-52. ISSN 1623-6297

Party behaviour in the parliamentary arena: the case of the Korean National Assembly
Hix, Simon and Jun, Hae-Won (2009) Party behaviour in the parliamentary arena: the case of the Korean National Assembly. Party Politics, 15 (6). pp. 667-694. ISSN 1460-3683

Towards a partisan theory of EU politics
Hix, Simon (2008) Towards a partisan theory of EU politics. Journal of European Public Policy, 15 (8). pp. 1254-1265. ISSN 1350-1763

The party political make-up of EU legislative bodies
Warntjen, Andreas, Hix, Simon and Crombez, Christophe (2008) The party political make-up of EU legislative bodies. Journal of European Public Policy, 15 (8). pp. 1243-1253. ISSN 1350-1763

The EU as a new political system
Hix, Simon (2008) The EU as a new political system. In: Caramani, Daniele, (ed.) Comparative Politics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 573-601. ISBN 9780199298419

What's wrong with the European Union and how to fix it
Hix, Simon (2008) What's wrong with the European Union and how to fix it. Polity, London, UK. ISBN 9780745642048

Small districts with open ballots: a new electoral system for the European Parliament
Hagemann, Sara and Hix, Simon (2008) Small districts with open ballots: a new electoral system for the European Parliament. The Authors, Brussels, Belgium.

From doves to hawks: a spatial analysis of voting in the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, 1997-2007
Hix, Simon, Hoyland, Bjorn and Vivyan, Nick (2007) From doves to hawks: a spatial analysis of voting in the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, 1997-2007. PSPE working papers, 08-2007. Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Punishment or protest? Understanding European Parliament elections
Hix, Simon and Marsh, Michael (2007) Punishment or protest? Understanding European Parliament elections. The Journal of Politics, 69 (02). pp. 495-510. ISSN 0022-3816

Democratic politics in the European parliament
Hix, Simon, Noury, Abdul and Roland, Gerard (2007) Democratic politics in the European parliament. Themes in European governance . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0521694604

The meaning of conflict in the Korean National Assembly
Jun, Hae-Won and Hix, Simon (2006) The meaning of conflict in the Korean National Assembly. PSPE working papers, 04-2006. Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Power to the parties : cohesion and competition in the European Parliament, 1979–2001
Hix, Simon, Noury, Abdul and Roland, Gérard (2005) Power to the parties : cohesion and competition in the European Parliament, 1979–2001. British Journal of Political Science, 35 (2). pp. 209-234. ISSN 1469-2112

Electoral institutions and legislative behaviour: explaining voting defection in the European parliament
Hix, Simon (2004) Electoral institutions and legislative behaviour: explaining voting defection in the European parliament. World Politics, 56 (2). pp. 194-223. ISSN 0043-8871

Electoral institutions and legislative behavior : explaining voting defection in the European Parliament
Hix, Simon (2004) Electoral institutions and legislative behavior : explaining voting defection in the European Parliament. World Politics, 56 (2). pp. 194-223. ISSN 1086-3338

Fifty years on: research on the European parliament
Hix, Simon, Raunio, Tapio and Scully, Roger (2003) Fifty years on: research on the European parliament. Journal of Common Market Studies, 41 (2). pp. 191-202. ISSN 0021-9886

The party system in the European parliament: collusive or competitive?
Hix, Simon, Kreppel, Amie and Noury, Abdul (2003) The party system in the European parliament: collusive or competitive? Journal of Common Market Studies, 41 (2). pp. 309-331. ISSN 0021-9886

From grand coalition to left-right confrontation: explaining the shifting structure of party competition in the European parliament
Kreppel, Amie and Hix, Simon (2003) From grand coalition to left-right confrontation: explaining the shifting structure of party competition in the European parliament. Comparative Political Studies, 36 (1/2). pp. 75-96. ISSN 0010-4140

Defining the EU political space: an empirical study of the European elections manifestos, 1979-1999
Hix, Simon and Gabel, Matthew (2003) Defining the EU political space: an empirical study of the European elections manifestos, 1979-1999. In: Marks, Gary and Steenbergen, Marco R, (eds.) European Integration and Political Conflict. Themes in European governance. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 93-119. ISBN 9780521535052

How MEPs vote: a study of the EU legislative process
Hix, Simon, Noury, Abdul and Roland, Gérard (2003) How MEPs vote: a study of the EU legislative process. End of award report (L21325). Economic and Social Research Council, Swindon, UK.

Parteien, wahlen und demokratie in der EU
Hix, Simon (2003) Parteien, wahlen und demokratie in der EU. In: Jachtenfuchs, M. and Kohler-Koch, B., (eds.) Europäische Integration. Leske + Budrich, Opladen, Germany, pp. 151-183.

The way to pick Europe's leader
Hix, Simon (2002) The way to pick Europe's leader. Financial Times . ISSN 0307-1766

Who is afraid of cumulative research? Improving data on EU politics
Gabel, Matthew, Hix, Simon and Schneider, Gerald (2002) Who is afraid of cumulative research? Improving data on EU politics. European Union Politics, 3 (4). pp. 481-500. ISSN 1465-1165

Defining the EU political space: an empirical study of the European elections manifestos, 1979-1999
Gabel, Matthew and Hix, Simon (2002) Defining the EU political space: an empirical study of the European elections manifestos, 1979-1999. Comparative Political Studies, 35 (8). pp. 934-964. ISSN 0010-4140

The European parliament and executive politics in the EU: voting behaviour and the commission president investiture procedure
Hix, Simon and Gabel, Matthew (2002) The European parliament and executive politics in the EU: voting behaviour and the commission president investiture procedure. In: Hosli, Madeleine O., Deeman, Adrian Van and Widgrén, Mika, (eds.) Institutional Challenges in the European Union. Routledge advances in European politics 6(6).1st ed., Routledge, London, UK, pp. 22-47. ISBN 9780415251921

Parliamentary behaviour with two principals: preferences, parties, and voting in the European parliament
Hix, Simon (2002) Parliamentary behaviour with two principals: preferences, parties, and voting in the European parliament. American Journal of Political Science, 46 (3). pp. 688-698. ISSN 0092-5853

Constitutional agenda-setting through discretion in rule interpretation: why the European Parliament won at Amsterdam
Hix, Simon (2002) Constitutional agenda-setting through discretion in rule interpretation: why the European Parliament won at Amsterdam. British Journal of Political Science, 32 (2). pp. 259-280. ISSN 1469-2112

Linking national politics to Europe
Hix, Simon (2002) Linking national politics to Europe. Foreign Policy Centre, London, UK.

Parties at the European level
Hix, Simon (2002) Parties at the European level. In: Webb, Paul, Farrell, David and Holliday, Ian, (eds.) Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 280-309. ISBN 9780199240562

A constitution for the EU?: a comparative political science perspective
Hix, Simon (2002) A constitution for the EU?: a comparative political science perspective. Collegium (23). pp. 17-35. ISSN 1371-0346

A supranational party system and the legitimacy of the European Union
Hix, Simon (2002) A supranational party system and the legitimacy of the European Union. The International Spectator, 37 (4). pp. 49-59. ISSN 0393-2729

Legislative behaviour and party competition in the European parliament: an application of nominate to the EU
Hix, Simon (2001) Legislative behaviour and party competition in the European parliament: an application of nominate to the EU. Journal of Common Market Studies, 39 (4). pp. 663-688. ISSN 0021-9886

Europeanised politics? European integration and national political systems
Hix, Simon and Goetz, Klaus H., eds. (2000) Europeanised politics? European integration and national political systems. Routledge, London, UK; Portland, USA. ISBN 9780714651415

Backbenchers learn to fight back: European integration and parliamentary government
Raunio, Tapio and Hix, Simon (2000) Backbenchers learn to fight back: European integration and parliamentary government. West European Politics, 23 (4). pp. 142-168. ISSN 0140-2382

Britain, the EU and the euro
Hix, Simon (2000) Britain, the EU and the euro. In: Dunleavy, Patrick, Gamble, Andrew, Holliday, Ian and Peele, Gilian, (eds.) Developments in British Politics 6. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 47-68. ISBN 9780333777374

Executive selection in the European Union: does the commission president investiture procedure reduce the democratic deficit?
Hix, Simon (2000) Executive selection in the European Union: does the commission president investiture procedure reduce the democratic deficit? In: Neunreither, Karlheinz and Wiener, Antje, (eds.) European Integration After Amsterdam: Institutional Dynamics and Prospects for Democracy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 95-111. ISBN 9780198296416

Introduction: European integration and national political systems
Hix, Simon and Goetz, Klaus H. (2000) Introduction: European integration and national political systems. West European Politics, 23 (4). pp. 1-26. ISSN 0140-2382

Parliamentary oversight of executive power: what role for the European parliament in comitology?
Hix, Simon (2000) Parliamentary oversight of executive power: what role for the European parliament in comitology? In: Christiansen, Thomas and Kirchner, Emil, (eds.) Committee Governance in the European Union. Europe in change. Manchester university press, Manchester, pp. 62-78. ISBN 9780719055522

The political system of the European Union
Hix, Simon (1999) The political system of the European Union. European Union series . Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780312225360

Dimensions and alignments in European Union politics: cognitive constraints and partisan responses
Hix, Simon (1999) Dimensions and alignments in European Union politics: cognitive constraints and partisan responses. European Journal of Political Research, 35 (1). pp. 69-106. ISSN 0304-4130

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