Political Economy of the Welfare State

In the department the political economy of the welfare state is analysed, particularly from a political science perspective.


The department consists of five 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.


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.