Historically social policy and the welfare state have been projects of Western and Northern European nation states, closely linked to the rise of mass democracies.
Since the 1940s, social policy has also spread in the global South, but informal and clientelist welfare prevailed. Since the 1990s, formal social security has been expanding in many countries of the South.
The seminar will deal with
• Concepts and theories of social policy
• Theories of social policy in the global South
• Social policy in low and in middle income countries (single countries, cross-national comparisons)
• Selected policy areas, like old-age pensions, social assistance, health, labour protection
• The role of international organizations and policy diffusion
• The future of social policy in the global South: spread of Northern models or Southern models?
Teilnahmevoraussetzungen, notwendige Vorkenntnisse
Required: knowledge on social policy or on global issues.
Students from the global South are particularly welcome.
Browse through the journals “Global Social Policy” and “International Social Security Review” (available in the university library)
Surender, Rebecca/Robert Walker (eds.) (2013): Social Policy in a Developing World, Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar.
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