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DSOC 25A00 - Comparative Social Policy: A multidisciplinary Outlook

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course provides a comprehensive outlook on comparative social policy across the OECD world. The twelve lectures aim to make students knowledgeable about the broad field of comparative social policy by analysing theory, welfare state change, and welfare state outcomes. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the most important issues surrounding social protection from a comparative perspective and also get a sense of more practical issues, i.e. how much do countries diverge in protecting individuals from social risks? How much do countries diverge in supporting families and gender equality through cash benefits and service provisions? How much do countries diverge in the allocation of spending for different policies? How do different welfare states impact on people's real lives? How do welfare states enact redistribution?


FERRAGINA, Emanuele (Assistant Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

Students are expected to read ‘the required readings' every week, which constitute the backbone of the coursework. ‘Recommended and additional readings' provide fine-grained insights about specific topics and broader theoretical frameworks. The final grade has two components: (1) Class Participation; and (2) a final exam including three open short (no more than 300 words) questions.

Course validation

Course Requirements : • 20% Class Participation • 80% Final Exam

Required reading

  • Barr, N. (2012) The Economics of the Welfare State, 5th Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Castles, F. et al. (eds.) (2010) The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Emmenegger, P. et al. (eds.) (2012) The Age of Dualization. The Changing Face of Inequality in Deindustrializing Societies, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Hay, C. and Wincott, D. (2012) The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hemerijck, A. (2013) Changing Welfare States, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Additional required reading

  • Morel, N., Palier, B., Palme, J. (2012) Towards a Social Investment State? Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Pierson, C., Castles, F.G and Naumann, K. (eds.) (2014) The Welfare State Reader, 3rd Edition, Cambridge: Polity Press.