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Curso 2021/2022 Subject code6901404-




The course is based on 13 required readings that will be provided to the students via the virtual platform:

Unit 1:

  1. Dodds, Anneliese 2018. “Why compare Public Policies”, in Comparative Public Policy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1-14.
  2. Knill, C. and J. Tosun 2011. “Policy Making”. In: Daniele Caramani (ed.), Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 373-388.

Unit 2

  1. Compston, H. 2006. “Introduction: Policy Networks and Advocacy Coalitions in Action“, and “The Shape of Things to Come”, in H. Compston King Trends and the Future of Public Policy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. Adolino, J. R. and C. H. Blake, 2011. Comparing Public Policies: Issues and Choices in Six Industrialized Countries, Washington: CQ Press. 2nd ed. (chapter 3).

Unit 3

  1. Hay, C. and D. Wincott 2012. The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism, New York: Palgrave MacMillan. (chapter 3).

Unit 4:

  1. Studlar, D. 2009. “Tobacco control policy in Western Europe. A case of protracted paradigm change”, in G. Capano and M. Howlett eds. European and North American Policy Change. Drivers and Dynamics, Oxford: Routledge.

Unit 5:

  1. Tompson, W. 2010. “Reform beyond the crisis”, in Making reform happen. Lessons from OECD countries, OECD, 12-38.

Unit 6:

  1. Bovens, M.; P. ‘t Hart and B. Guy Peters 2001. “Analyzing governance success and failure in six European states”, in Success and Failure in Public Governance. A Comparative Analysis, Edward Elgar Cheltenham, UK, 12-33.

Unit 7:

  1. Goul Andersen, J. 2011. “The Impact of Public Policies”, in Daniele Caramani (ed.), Comparative Politics. 2.ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 408-426.

Unit 8:

  1. Scharpf F.W. 2011. “Monetary Union, Fiscal Crisis and the Preemption of Democracy”, Zeitschrift für Staats- und Europawissenschaften, 163-198.

Unit 9:

  1. Clasen, J. 2011. “Comparative social policy and the European Union”, in John Baldock Lavinia Mitton, Nick Manning and Sarah Vickerstaff (eds.) Social Policy, Oxford University Press.

Unit 10:

  1. Grant, Wyn and Jane Feehan 2007. “Environmental Policy”, in Colin Hay and Anand Menon European politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 310-328.

The following general textbooks can serve as support, introduction or deepening of knowledge of the syllabus topics:

  • Dodds, Anneliese 2018. Comparative Public Policy, 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Adolino, Jessica R. and Charles H. Blake 2011. Comparing Public Policies: Issues and Choices in Six Industrialized Countries, Washington: CQ Press. 2nd ed.
  • Compston, Hugh ed. 2004. Handbook of Public Policy in Europe. Britain, France and Germany Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hubert Heinelt and Sybille Münch eds. 2018. Handbook of European Policies: Interpretive approaches to the EU, Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar.

Two general databases with comparative information on policy content and performance of most European countries can be found at: 

  • Bertelsmann Stiftung. ed. 2020. Sustainable Governance Indicators, Policy Performance and Governance Capacities in the OECD, Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung.
  • Jonker, Jedid-Jah (ed.) 2012. Countries compared on public performance. A study of public sector performance in 28 countries, The Netherlands Institute for Social Research SCP, The Hague.