International political economy and the welfare state

A.Y. 2020/2021
12
Max ECTS
80
Overall hours
SSD
SECS-P/02 SPS/04
Language
English
Learning objectives
The course has two main objectives. First, it aims at introducing students to the contemporary study of international political economy (IPE), by providing them with the conceptual and analytical tools to address and understand how politics and economics interact at the global, regional and national level. To this end, the course will discuss the major theoretical and analytical frameworks in the field of IPE and apply them to important contemporary empirical issues related to the impact and implications of globalization. Second, the course aims at providing the fundamental theoretical and analytical tools for the comparative study of welfare state development and reform. In doing so, the course will focus on cross-national and cross-regime comparisons of welfare state institutions, addressing both long-term transformations and recent developments.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students are expected to acquire a basic knowledge and critical understanding of key topics in international political economy and comparative welfare state research, including: the integration of national economies and financial markets; global trade regimes and global value chains; the crisis of democratic capitalism; the variety of welfare regimes; the political economy of European welfare capitalism; the new politics of the welfare state; the social investment turn. Through the critical review of selected case studies, students will also develop the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to address contemporary empirical issues in the fields of international political economy and welfare state reform.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First trimester
Prerequisites for admission
No previous knowledge of international political economy and welfare state research is needed. Nonetheless, students should be familiar with basic political science and economics topics.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students will be assessed according to the following criteria:
Presentations, group activities and class discussion: 20%
Written exam(s): 80%
Written exams are mainly aimed at verifying the students' knowledge and understanding, and will be mostly based on open questions.
Module 1
Course syllabus
The course will address the following topics:
- Patterns of interaction between global and national economies and societies: Functional requirements and the iron fist of the international economy; Compensation; Governing in a multi-level system.
- Constraints, Actors and Institutions: International organizations; The European Union; Political Parties; Business and quiet politics; Corporatism and trade unions; Insiders and outsiders and new cleavages; Domestic structural change and Institutions.
Teaching methods
Teaching will consist of lectures and seminars. There is an emphasis placed on students' active participation in class discussions, based on assigned readings. Students will be required to work in small groups; buzz groups, project groups.
Teaching Resources
A complete syllabus will be made available at the beginning of the course. The complete reading list will be available in the web pages of the course on Ariel.
Module 2
Course syllabus
The course will address the following topics:
- The welfare state in historical perspective: origins and development;
- The welfare state in comparative perspective: welfare regimes and worlds of welfare;
- The crisis of the welfare state: exogenous and endogenous determinants;
- Contemporary challenges to the welfare state and welfare state change;
- Social policy reform in key policy areas.
Teaching methods
Teaching will consist of lectures and seminars. There is an emphasis placed on students' active participation in class discussions, based on assigned readings. Students will be required to work in small working groups; buzz groups, project groups.
Teaching Resources
A complete syllabus will be made available at the beginning of the course. The complete reading list will be available in the web pages of the course on Ariel.
Module 1
SECS-P/02 - ECONOMIC POLICY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Module 2
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Madama Ilaria