Comparative welfare states

A.Y. 2017/2018
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SECS-P/03
Language
English
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing the fundamental analytical tools for the study of social protection systems in a comparative perspective.

It analyses welfare state development, since the origins in the XIX century until the recent phase of crisis and reform, by focusing on its exogenous and endogenous determinants.

Particular attention is paid to how the interaction between institutional arrangements ("structures") with political and social actors ("agency") contributes shaping social policies in multilevel - European, national, sub-national - and multi-stakeholder arenas.
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Course syllabus
Unit 1
The modern welfare state
- A general introduction
- Concepts and definitions
- Theoretical perspectives

The welfare state in historical and comparative perspective:
- From public assistance to national social protection
- The golden age of welfare expansion
- Regime types and the fourth and fifth social Europe

Unit 2
The "first" crisis (1970s-1980s) and national responses:
- The crisis: exogenous and endogenous determinants
- The recalibration of the welfare state
The future of social Europe after the "second crisis" (2008-)

Unit 3
Pensions and old age protection
- The tool box
- Different paths to old age protection in the XX century
- Pension crisis and reforms: policy and institutional change
- The politics of pension reforms
- How to deviate from the institutional path?
- Flexicurity and old-age protection
NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
Course syllabus
Same as attending students
SECS-P/03 - PUBLIC ECONOMICS - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Office Hours: see the Italian page
Room 203, 2nd Floor (entrance Via Passione 13)