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Pedagogical Method : Cours séminaire. Course Description : This course is designed to introduce the sub-ﬁeld of comparative politics. It focuses on the evolution of political orders in the age of globalization, addressing a wide range of issues such as : Why do some countries manage to preserve political stability while others are plagued with instability ? How do political crises erupt, unfold and terminate ? Are there different paths toward democracy ? How can we explain simultaneous and similar changes in several countries ? Is globalization eroding nation-states ? How do activists cope with globalization ? Are elections always democratic ? Does the regime type make a difference in providing welfare ? This course refers to North American and French seminal anchor texts. However, its ambition is to question the dominant literature regarding its applicability to western as well as non-western contexts. Each class includes a presentation of a topic, a discussion of the methodologies available to investigate it, and some case studies. The professor's area of expertise is Latin America. However, a number of examples are drawn from Europe and other regions of the world. Students are assigned case studies to enrich the comparative perspective and apply the ideas presented in each session. Required reading : Leca, Jean, “Pour une analyse comparative des systèmes politiques méditerranéens”, Revue française de science politique, 27(4), 1977, p.557-581 ; Badie, Bertrand & Guy Hermet, Politique comparée, PUF, 1990 ; Lijphart, Arend, “Comparative politics and the comparative method”, American political science review, 65(3), September 1971, p.68293 ; Goertz, Gary & James Mahoney, “A tale of two cultures : contrasting qualitative and quantitative research”, Political analysis 14, 2006, p.227-249 ; Pierson, Paul, Politics in time : history, institutions and social analysis, Princeton university press, 2004.
Teachers : Emanuele FERRAGINA (Assistant Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po), Tiago MOREIRA RAMALHO (Doctorant). Prerequisite : N/A Pedagogical Format : Lecture alone Course validation : The exam has two components : (1) a ﬁrst homework including an abstract and a detailed plan for the ﬁnal essay (no more than 800 words) to be submitted in week 9 – concerning one or more themes discussed between week 1 and 8. Worth 30% of the ﬁnal grade. (2) A second essay (around 2500 words) concerning any aspect of the course work (the essay can be an extension of the ﬁrst homework or an essay on a new topic). One point will be deducted for each day of delay. Submitting after noon on the deadline day will carry one point of penalty. Worth 70% of the ﬁnal grade. Workload : 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. Pedagogical Method : Lecture Course. Course Description : The course provides a comprehensive outlook of comparative social policy, spanning from theory to practice. The lecture series is divided in four parts. The ﬁrst part introduces the comparative method and its centrality within the social policy literature. We reﬂect upon the possibility to generalise from the analysis of few cases by moving up and down on the 'ladder of abstraction'. In addition, we deﬁne the comparative social policy ﬁeld in accordance with the contemporary and historical literature. The second part illustrates the main explanations of welfare state development and describes Esping-Andersen's welfare regimes. We also critically assess the evolution of welfare regimes over time and their 'potential' heuristic validity for the future. The third part highlights the main challenges (namely new social risks, family changes, the demographic evolution, globalization and crises) for welfare states and analyses how differe