Comparative welfare states

A.A. 2018/2019
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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
Lezioni: 60 ore
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
- Theories of the welfare state

Unit 2
Welfare state crisis and reforms:
- The "first" crisis (1970s-1980s) and national responses
- The crisis: exogenous and endogenous determinants
- The recalibration of the welfare state
- Globalization and the welfare state
- The future of social Europe after the Great Recession (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
- Theorizing pension reforms
- 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
Metodi didattici
30 Lessons
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. (2005) The Boundaries of Welfare. European Integration and the new Spatial Politics of Solidarity, Oxford: Oxford University Press, chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6.
- Hemerijck, A. (2013) Changing Welfare States, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapters 1, 2, 3

Unit 2
- Armingeon, K. (2014) 'Breaking with the past, Why the global financial crisis led to austerity policies but not to the modernization of the welfare state', in C. Pierson et al (eds) (2014) The Welfare State Reader, 3rd edition. Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 214-226.
-Ferrera, M. (2017) 'Impatient politics and social investment: The EU as 'policy facilitator', Journal of European Public Policy, 24 (8): 1233-1251.
- Mertens, D. (2017) 'The 'new welfare state' under fiscal strain: Austerity gridlocks and the privatization of risk', in A. Hemerijck (ed) The Uses of Social Investment, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
-Nolan, B. (2013) 'What use is social investment?' Journal of European Social Policy, 23 (5): 459-468.
- Pierson, P. (1996) 'The new politics of the welfare state', World Politics, 48 (2): 143-179
- Pierson, P. (1998) 'Irresistible forces, immovable objects: post-industrial welfare states confront permanent austerity', Journal of European Public Policy, 5 (4): 53-60.
- Rueda, D. (2012) 'West European welfare states in times of crisis' in N. Bermeo and J. Pontusson (eds) Coping with Crisis: Government Reactions to the Great Recession. New York: Russell Sage, pp. 361-398.
- Walter, S. (2010) 'Globalization and the welfare state: testing the microfoundations of the compensation hypothesis', International Studies Quarterly, 54 (2): 403-426.

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
17 settembre ore 10.30-13.00
Stanza 203 -2° piano.