The issue of the democratic legitimacy of the European Union has been prominent in national debates across Europe in recent years. The Lisbon Treaty contains many apparent remedies to the EU's "democratic deficit," including a strengthened European Parliament, a new citizens' initiative, and a bigger role for national parliaments in legislative scrutiny.
Professor Simon Hix analyzes the prospects for these measures and addresses the broader issue of what can be done to make the EU a more vibrant and democratic political space.
Professor Simon Hix is Director of the Political Science and Political Economy Group at the LSE and the co-editor of the journal European Union Politics. He has written several books on EU and comparative politics, including most recently What's Wrong With the EU and How to Fix It (2008) and Democratic Politics in the European Parliament (2007).
A leading expert on European Union politics and policy, Professor Hix 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 the Korean Institute for International Economic Policy in Seoul. He 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, and the Asian Development Bank.