Comparative welfare states

A.A. 2014/2015
Insegnamento per
9
Crediti massimi
60
Ore totali
SSD
SECS-P/03
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
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.

Struttura insegnamento e programma

Edizione attiva
Responsabile
Moduli o unità didattiche
Unità didattica 1
SECS-P/03 - SCIENZA DELLE FINANZE - CFU: 3
Lezioni: 20 ore

Unità didattica 2
SECS-P/03 - SCIENZA DELLE FINANZE - CFU: 3
Lezioni: 20 ore

Unità didattica 3
SECS-P/03 - SCIENZA DELLE FINANZE - CFU: 3
Lezioni: 20 ore

STUDENTI FREQUENTANTI
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Modules 1-2: students have to pass a sit-down written exam comprising both multiple-choice and "open" questions.
Module 3: assessment rules will be indicated at the beginning of the course
Unità didattica 1
Programma
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
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
With regard to attending students, a list of required readings will be circulated at the beginning of the course.
Unità didattica 2
Programma
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-)
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
With regard to attending students, a list of required readings will be circulated at the beginning of the course.
Unità didattica 3
Programma
Module 3 aims at deepening the analysis of two social policy fields in comparative perspective: pension policy and labour market policy, with particular reference to the emergence of new flexicurity arrangements, the dynamics and the modes of institutional change, as well as the politics of pensions and labour market reforms.

A) 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

B) Labour policy and unemployment protection systems
- Unemployment compensation systems in a comparative perspective
- Flexicurity and unemployment protection
- The politcs of labour market reforms
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
With regard to attending students, a list of required readings will be circulated at the beginning of the course.
STUDENTI NON FREQUENTANTI
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Modules 1-2-3: Students have to pass a sit-down written exam comprising both multiple-choice and "open" questions
Unità didattica 1
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Ferrera, M. (2008), The European Welfare State: From Golden Achievements to Silver Prospects, in "West European Politics", 31:1-2, pp. 81-106 .
Ferrera, M. (2005) The Boundaries of Welfare. European Integration and the new Spatial Politics of Solidarity, Oxford: Oxford University Press, chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6.
Unità didattica 2
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Hemerijck, A. (2012) Changing Welfare States, Oxford, OUP, Chapters, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10.
Unità didattica 3
Programma
The interplay of labour market and pension reforms:
Increasingly flexible labour markets and reforms of old-age pension system are still ranking high on the political agenda of European countries.
The course investigates whether, and to what extent, the interplay between pension reforms and the spread of "atypical" employment patterns and fragmented careers negatively influences economic security in old age.
The course therefore analyzes the flexibility-security nexus by focusing on the post-retirement phase, thus extending the conventional narrow concept of "flexicurity".
Do reforms of public and private pension schemes compensate or aggravate the risks of increasingly flexible labor markets and,atypical employment careers after retirement?
Around this overarching research question, the same analytical framework will be employed in order to map, and then compare, the developments in seven European countries - Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and the UK - which present different labour market arrangements and various degree of flexibility, as well as diverse pension systems.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Hinrichs, K. and M. Jessoula (eds) (2012), Labour market flexibility and pension reform, Palgrave.
Periodo
Secondo trimestre
Periodo
Secondo trimestre
Modalità di valutazione
Esame
Giudizio di valutazione
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
Martedì: 14.00-17.00.
Dipartimento di Studi del Lavoro e del Welfare - Stanza 10 secondo piano
Ricevimento:
17 settembre ore 10.30-13.00
Stanza 203 -2° piano.