Political Economy of the Welfare StateIn the department the political economy of the welfare state is analysed, particularly from a political science perspective.
The department consists of three working groups. They share a strictly comparative alignment to research, an interest in the historical development of welfare states and make use of a wide portfolio of methods.
- Comparative Political Economy
The team analyses the political economy of the welfare state, in OECD states in particular. Research includes the analysis of welfare state institutions under the condition of changing political systems and economic problems since the beginning of the industrialization.
Head: Prof. Dr. Philip Manow
- Global and Historical Welfare State Research
The working group researches the political-institutional and socio-economic determinants in the development, the expansion, modification and structural form of the welfare state.
Head: Prof. Dr. Herbert Obinger
- Global Social Policy
The working group "Global Social Policy" analyses the determinants and outcomes of different configurations of social protection from a global perspective.
Head: Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt
Members of the department are involved in teaching in the following programs:
BA Political Science, MA Political Science, MA Professional Public Decision-Making
MA Social Policy (particularly the modules on Comparative Social Policy, European and International Social Policy, and Social Science Research Methods)
PhD programs of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), e.g. the Doctoral Colloquium Welfare State.