Comparative Welfare State
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Heaoluriigi mudelid
Course title in English
Comparative Welfare State
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The aim is to give an overview of the structure, development trends and the main models of a welfare state, to compare the results of policy-making process and public policies.
Brief description of the course
An overview of the development of welfare states. A welfare state as a social system. Typology of welfare states (Esping-Andersen, Deacon, Leibfried). How different models of welfare states cope with their main tasks. Interaction between the labour market and the welfare state. Models of family in a welfare state model. Main systems of social insurance. Health service regulation systems. Housing policy. Controlling poverty and the suppressed in the welfare state. Reformulating the welfare state in post communist states. Impact of the EU and globalisation on the welfare states. Postmodern welfare state.
Independent work
Acquiring course material, preparation for seminars including group work and projects, preparation for tests and final exam.
Learning outcomes in the course
The student knows the basid structure, developmental trends and basic models of welfare states. The student knows the terminology and literature of welfare states.
Assessment methods
The grade will be formed from seminar presentations and from the results exam-test.
Anu Toots
Study literature
Greve (ed.). 2013. The Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State. Routledge.
Kersbergen, Vis (eds.). 2014. Comparative Welfare State Politics. Development, Opportunities and Reform. Cambridge University Press.
(valitud peatükid Moodle’s kättesaadavad)
Replacement literature
Baldock, Mitton, Manning & Vickerstaff (2012). Social Policy. Oxford Univeristy Press. (ka online)
Pierson P. and Castles, F. (ed.) (2007). The Welfare State. A Reader. Polity
Pestieau, P. (2005) The Welfare State in the European Union. Oxford University Press
Alcock, P., Graig, G. (2009) International Social Policy: Welfare Regimes in the Developed World. Routledge
Bonoli, g. & Natali, D. (2012). The Politics of the New Welfare State. Oxford University Press.
Bonoli, G. (2000) The Politics of Pension Reform, Institutions and Policy Change in Western Europe. Cambridge University Press
Hay, C., Wincott, D. (2012). The Political Economy of European Eelfare Capitalism. Palgrave Macmillan