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Course Description

Course: Political Economy of Social Policy         

Code: PEC312

Semester: B

Tutor: Georgia Kaplanoglou

The course is designed to provide an introduction to the main concepts of
 social policy, what is social policy, its welfare economics foundations
and its main objectives.  Special emphasis is given to the principles
underlying the construction of social welfare functions, the notion of
 equity as a potential objective of government policy and the theories of
social justice that provide the moral basis for social policy. The course
also offers students the opportunity to analyze some of the most important  social policy debates, including education, health, social security and
 welfare (poverty, inequality and income security policy). Particular
importance is attached to the comparative assessment of these main
 branches of social policy across OECD nations. The learning objectives of
 this course include giving students an opportunity to
increase their understanding of current debates in key social policy
sectors, and fostering a better appreciation of some of the common political, Ideological, historica, cultural and economic dynamics at play across social policy sectors.

Course Books:

Nicholas Barr, The Economics of the Welfare State, OUP, 2004 (ελληνική μετάφραση αναμένεται εντός του 2011).

H. Rosen, T.Gayer, Β.Θ.Ράπανος και Γ.Καπλάνογλου «Δημόσια Οικονομική: Σύγχρονη Θεωρία και Ελληνική Πραγματικότητα», εκδόσεις ΚΡΙΤΙΚΗ, 2009.

Alcock, Payne and Sullivan (2003), Introducing Social Policy, Prentice Hall.Nicholas Barr, The Economics of the Welfare State, OUP, 2004.