On the background of contemporary research in the field of international political economy, 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 comparative welfare state research, including: 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 welfare state reform.
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. Materiale di riferimento 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.
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.
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.
The complete reading list will be available in the web pages of the course on Ariel.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students will be assessed on the basis of a written exam, aimed at verifying the students' knowledge and understanding, combining both multiple-choice and open questions. Attending students will have dedicated tests, relying on required readings and class materials.