Comparative welfare states

A.A. 2017/2018
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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
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
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
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
A list of required readings for the Units 1-2-3 will be circulated at the beginning of the course.
Same as attending students
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
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Unit 1
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.

Unit 2
Materiale di riferimento per non frequentanti
Hemerijck, A. (2012) Changing Welfare States, Oxford, OUP, Chapters, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10.

Unit 3
Hinrichs, K. and M. Jessoula (eds) (2012), Labour market flexibility and pension reform, Palgrave.
Secondo trimestre
Secondo trimestre
Modalità di valutazione
Giudizio di valutazione
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Martedì: 14.00-17.00.
Dipartimento di Studi del Lavoro e del Welfare - Stanza 10 secondo piano
17 settembre ore 10.30-13.00
Stanza 203 -2° piano.