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[ 929TAPSWSTK14 ] KS Welfare State Theories

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5 ECTS M1 - Master's programme 1. year Social Science Margitta Mätzke 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
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Original study plan Master's programme Joint Master's Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare 2014W
Objectives This course enables students to work with the terminology, empirical categorizations, theoretical concepts, and explanatory approaches of comparative and European welfare state development at an advanced level.
After completing the course, students will be equipped with conceptual knowledge and argumentative skills necessary for advanced research of welfare systems.
Subject The class first discusses core values of modern welfare states and key concepts facilitating descriptive comparisons. It then looks at the institutional manifestations of these different principles and briefly revisits welfare state typologies as major approach in comparative welfare state analysis, their promise, underlying theoretical ideas, and the potential hazards of this kind of theorizing. Then it turns to explanations of welfare state development and differences among modern welfare regimes.
Explanatory theories in the comparative welfare state literature:

  1. Functionalism and explanations in terms of the great socio-economic trends (Modernization, Industrialization and Deindustrialization, Globalization, Demographic Change)
  2. Interests and conflicts: Power Resource approaches and theories about partisan public policy
  3. Institutionalism and its various strands: Institutional self-interest and top-down social policy-making, veto points and veto players, varieties of welfare capitalism, retrenchment and path dependency
  4. Ideational analysis in welfare state studies: The role of ideas, culture, religion, and ideology
  5. "Varieties of Welfare Capitalism" as modern Political-Economy approach in the comparative welfare state literature
  6. The role of the state in the welfare state, and social policy as a tool for social discipline\\
Criteria for evaluation Combination of a set of smaller written assignments and active participation during the Intensive Program and the distance learning phase
Methods Introductory classroom session during the Intensive Program at the beginning of the semester; then methods of distance learning: Independent reading, exercises and discussion of students’ observations in discussion forums, individual tutoring, supported by Moodle.
Language English
Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 30
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority