Professor Simon Hix

Professor Simon Hix

Harold Laski Professor of Political Science & LSE Pro-Director (Research)

Department of Government

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Key Expertise
European Union, Political Parties, Elections, Rational Choice Theory

About me

Simon Hix joined LSE in 1997, was promoted to Professor in 2004, was Head of the Department of Government between 2012 and 2015 and Academic Director of the LSE School of Public Policy between 2017 and 2019, and then became the LSE Pro-Director for Research in 2019. Simon took his undergraduate and masters degrees at the LSE and his PhD at the European University Institute, in Florence.

Simon is one of the leading researchers, teachers, and commentators on European and comparative politics in the UK. His research focuses on EU institutions and democratic accountability, party competition and electoral behaviour, and the design and reform of political institutions. Simon has published over 100 books and articles. Simon regularly gives evidence to committees in the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the European Parliament, and he has advised the UK Cabinet Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office under both Labour and Conservative administrations. He has held visiting professor positions at many universities, including Stanford, Berkeley, UC San Diego, Sciences Po in Paris, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and the Korean Institute for International Economic Policy in Seoul.

In 2013, on the 40th anniversary of the UK's membership of the EU, named Simon in their list of “the 40 most influential Brits on EU policy”. In 2004 he won a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award, in 2008 he won the prestigious Fenno Prize from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for his book “Democratic Politics in the European Parliament” (Cambridge, 2007), and in 2005 he won the APSA Longley Prize for the best article on representation and electoral systems. In 2010 he was elected to the governing Council of APSA, and in 2015 he was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. Simon is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, (pro bono) Chairman of (an NGO in Brussels that tracks voting in the European Parliament and EU Council), and Associate Editor of the journal European Union Politics. Simon is also a prize-winning teacher, and continues to teach GV101 Introduction to Political Science to first year undergrads.

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

My research