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Curso 2021/2022 Subject code6901404-



Students can supplement some contents of the required readings and the basic textbooks with the following recommended readings: 

Unit 1:

  • Engeli, Isabelle and Christine Rothmayr, C. (eds), 2014. Comparative Policy Studies: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Feick, J. 1992. "Comparing Comparative Policy Studies, A Path towards Integration?", Journal of Public Policy, 12, 3: 257 285.
  • Hantrais, L. 2007. “Contextualization in cross-national comparative research”, In Hantrais, L and Mangen, S (ed) Cross-National Research Methodology and Practice, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 3-18.
  • Hantrais, Linda 2008. “Defining and mapping international comparative research”, in Linda Hantrais ed. International Comparative Research. Theory, Methods and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Schmitt, Sophie 2013. “Comparative approaches to the Study of Policy-making”, in Eduardo Araral,Scott Fritzen,Michael Howlett eds. Routledge Handbook of Public Policy, Oxford: Routledge, 29-43.

Unit 2:

  • Amat, Francesc and Albert Falcó-Gimeno 2013. “The arithmetics of partisanship and policy outcomes in parliamentary democracies”, Cuadernos Económicos del ICE, N.º 85, 81-104.
  • Prasad, Monica 2006. “Introduction”, in The Politics of Free Markets: The Rise of Neoliberal Economic Policies in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States; University of Chicago Press, 1-42.
  • Scharpf, Fritz W. 2000. "Institutions in Comparative Policy Research," Comparative Political Studies, 33: 6: 7.
  • Turner, Ed. 2011. Political Parties and Public Policy in the German Länder. When Parties Matter, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter 1.

Unit 3:

  • Menz, G. 2003. “Re-­Regulating the Single-­Market: National Varieties of Capitalism and Their Responses to Europeanization”. Journal of European Public Policy 10(4), 532-555.
  • Schmidt, V. A. 2002, “Europeanization and the mechanics of economic policy adjustment”,Journal of European Public Policy, 9:6 December 2002: 894–912.

Unit 4:

  • Schmitt, Sophie / Euchner, Eva-Maria / Preidel, Caroline, 2013: “Regulating prostitution and same-sex marriage in Italy and Spain. The interplay of political and societal veto players in two Catholic societies”. Journal of European Public Policy (Special Issue), 20(3), 425–441.

Unit 5:

  • Bauer, Michael. W. and Christopgh Knill (2012) “Understanding Policy dismantling. An analytical Framework”, Bauer, M., A.J. Jordan, C. Green-Pedersen and A. Héritier (eds.) Dismantling Public Policy: Preferences, Strategies and Effects. Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Unit 6:

  • Gray, P. 1998. “Policy disasters in Europe. An introduction”, in Pat Gray and Paul’t Hart eds. Public policy disasters in Western Europe, Routledge.
  • McConnell, Allan 2010. “Policy Success, Policy Failure and Grey Areas In-Between”, Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 30, 3, 345-362.

Unit 7:

  • Schraad-Tischler, Daniel (2016) Social Justice in the EU –Index Report 2015 Social Inclusion Monitor Europe, Gutersloh: Bertelsmann Foundation.
  • 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.
  • Bertelsmann Foundation 2011. Social Justice in the OECD –How Do the Member States Compare? Sustainable Governance Indicators 2011, Gutersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Unit 8:

  • Genschel, P., Kemmerling, A., Seils E., 2011. “Accelerating Downhill: How the EU Shapes Corporate Tax Competition in the Single Market”, Journal 0f Common Market Studies, 49(3), 585-606.
  • Thompson, Grahame F. “Economic Management in the Eurozone”, in Hay, Colin and Anand Menon European politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 273-291.

Unit 9:

  • Hantrais, Linda 2007. “Welfare Policy”, in Hay, Colin and Anand Menon European politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 292-309.
  • “Part V Social Policy”, in H. Compston ed. Handbook of Public Policy in Europe. Britain, France and Germany, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 277-364.

Unit 10:

  • Hayes, G. H. Aden and A. Flynn 2004. “Environmental Policy”, in Compston, Hugh ed. Handbook of Public Policy in Europe. Britain, France and Germany, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 265-276.
  • Holzinger K., Sommerer T., 2011. “‘Race to the Bottom’ or ‘Race to Brussels’? Environmental Competition in Europe”, Journal of Common Market Studies, 49(2), 315-339.

Students are also advised for their own good and to make the eventual practical assignments to consult the following webpages with information on European public policies in several countries and the European Union.

• European Commission:


• The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):

• Cross-National Research Papers:

• Bertelsmann Foundation. Sustainable Governance Indicators 2019: