Comparative political economy

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
Course syllabus
The course focuses on welfare state development and its main determinants since origins in the XIX century until the recent phase of crisis and reform. Th course is articulated on 2 units.
Unit 1 provides: a) the fundamental analytical tools for the study of social protection systems in a comparative perspective; b) an analysis of developmental factors and dynamics;
c) a presentation of the different welfare/welfare state models and regimes; d) a discussion of the "crisis" of the welfare state, paying special attention to its endogenous and exogenous determinants.
Unit 2 first applies the analytical concepts and framework presented in Unit 1 to provide an in depth analysis of two different sectors in the field of social assistance policies:
a) Anti-poverty policies and minimum income schemes
b) Childcare policies and the social investment paradigm
Further, it enlarges the territorial coverage of the course by approaching welfare development in Latin America, Eastern European countries and East Asia, with
particular attention to the relations between democracy, development and the
welfare state.
Prerequisites for admission
No preliminary knowledge is required to attend the course/take the exam.
Teaching methods
The course is based on 20 lecture-based sessions.
The lectures are conducted in a very interctive way in oder to strenghten students' oral communication skills.
Teaching Resources
Readings for attending students.
Unit 1
· Greve, B. (2014), Welfare and the welfare state, London, Routlegde
chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
· Esping-Andersen, G. (1990), The three worlds of welfare capitalism, New York, Polity.
chapter 1
· Ferrera, M (1996), The 'Southern Model' of Welfare in Social Europe, in Journal of
European Social Policy, 6.
· Ferrera, M. (2008), The European Welfare State: From Golden Achievements to Silver
Prospects, in "West European Politics", 31:1-2, pp. 81-106 .
· Myles, J. and J. Quadagno (2002), Political Theories of the Welfare State, in Social Service
Review March 2002.
· Bonoli, G. (2005), 'The Politics of the New Social Policies: providing coverage against new
social risks in mature welfare state' Policy & Politics, vol. 33 (3), pp. 431-49.

Unit 2
Social assistance and minimum income
· Natili, M. (2018) Words of last-resort safety nets? A typology proposal of minimum income schemes in Europe, in Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy.
· Natili, M. (2019) 'The politics of minimum income.' Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Chapters 2 & 6

Social investment and childcare
· Morgan, K., (2011), Promoting social investment through work-family policies: which nations do it and why?. In, Morel, N., Palier, B., & Joakim, P. Towards a Social Investment Welfare State? Bristol: Bristol University Press.
· Lewis, J., (2009), Work-Life Balance Policies: Comparisons and Issues, in Work-Family Balance, Gender and Policy, in (eds. by) Lewis, J., Edward Elgar Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA, USA, Chapter 3.

Latin America, Eastern Europe and East Asia
· Haggard, S, and R. Kaufmann (2008), Development, democracy and welfare states, Princeton, Princeton University Press, Introduction: toward a political economy of social policy.
· Garay, C. (2016), Social Policy expansion in Latin America, New York, Cambridge University Press, chapter 1.

Readings for non attending students.
Unit 1
Greve, B. (2014), Welfare and the Welfare State. Present and Future, London, Routledge.
Unit 2
Hemerijck, A. (2013) Changing Welfare States, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Attending students.
Students take a sit-down written exam on Units 1 & 2
The exam includes a selection of multiple choice questions and 1-2 open questions.
The criteria for assessing responses to open questions are: clarity of expression, logical structure, analytical precision, comprehensiveness of information.

Non attending students.
Students have to pass a sit-down written exam comprising 2 broad open questions: 1 per volume. The criteria for assessing responses to open questions are: clarity of expression, logical structure, analytical precision, comprehensiveness of information.
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
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