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Social Innovation and the Welfare Mix - programma
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FRANCA MAINO , responsabile dell'insegnamento

Corso di laurea in MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND LABOUR STUDIES (MLS) Classe LM-62 Enrolled from 2014/2015 academic year - Laurea Magistrale - COMPARATIVE SOCIAL POLICY AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS - 2018/2019

Insegnamento obbligatorio
Anno di corso2s
Periodo di svolgimentosecondo trimestre
Settori scientifico disciplinari
  • SPS/04 - Scienza politica
Crediti (CFU) obbligatori9
Crediti (CFU) facoltativi-

Informazioni generali

Obiettivi: The course provides students with the tools for the political understanding of the recent transformation of the welfare state and in particular of social innovation and welfare mix.
For at least two decades, European countries have been striving to reform their social models, tailored on increasingly surpassed economic and socio-demographic structures. The consistency between programmatic ambitions and reform practice is not easy to gauge. Reforms introduced at the national level, largely focused on the big programs of social protection, do not exhaust the array of ongoing transformations. In order to capture the breadth and nature of change, this course moves beyond the perimeter of the public sector, directing attention towards developments in the market and in civil society, and especially towards those new forms of intertwinement, collaboration and synergy that have been emerging between these two spheres (and often between them and the public sector) in welfare provision.
This course focuses on “poorly visible” forms of social innovation and welfare mix initiatives and projects, and describes some recent achievements in some selected European countries. After setting the stage with some analytical distinctions and clarifications on the notion of social innovation, welfare mix and “secondo welfare” (for denoting the array of non-public welfare provisions which have been expanding in the last decade, the Italian debate has recently coined a new label: “second welfare”, a notion that is very much connected with the discussion on social innovation and the future of social policy at the EU level), the course will illustrate some emerging trends and achievements (i.e. emblematic initiatives and projects) within the European countries. The course aims at highlighting problems, risks, and prospects of such trends as well.

Lingua dell'insegnamento: English.

Metodi didattici: Lectures; class discussions; presentations by the students.

Programma di studio

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Programma: This course focuses on “poorly visible” forms of social innovation and welfare mix initiatives and projects, and describes some recent achievements in some selected European countries. After setting the stage with some analytical distinctions and clarifications on the notion of social innovation, welfare mix and “secondo welfare” (for denoting the array of non-public welfare provisions which have been expanding in the last decade, the Italian debate has recently coined a new label: “second welfare”, a notion that is very much connected with the discussion on social innovation and the future of social policy at the EU level), the course will illustrate some emerging trends and achievements (i.e. emblematic initiatives and projects) within the European countries. The course aims at highlighting problems, risks, and prospects of such trends as well.

- Welfare state: concepts + origins, development, crisis, ricalibration, reforms.
- Social innovation: theory and concepts.
- Second welfare and welfare mix.
- Social innovation and welfare mix: searching for empirical evidences.

Programma per non frequentanti: This course focuses on “poorly visible” forms of social innovation and welfare mix initiatives and projects, and describes some recent achievements in some selected European countries. After setting the stage with some analytical distinctions and clarifications on the notion of social innovation, welfare mix and “secondo welfare” (for denoting the array of non-public welfare provisions which have been expanding in the last decade, the Italian debate has recently coined a new label: “second welfare”, a notion that is very much connected with the discussion on social innovation and the future of social policy at the EU level), the course will illustrate some emerging trends and achievements (i.e. emblematic initiatives and projects) within the European countries. The course aims at highlighting problems, risks, and prospects of such trends as well.

- Welfare state: concepts + origins, development, crisis, ricalibration, reforms.
- Social innovation: theory and concepts.
- Second welfare and welfare mix.
- Social innovation and welfare mix: searching for empirical evidences.

Short course description english flag

This course focuses on “poorly visible” forms of social innovation and welfare mix initiatives and projects, and describes some recent achievements in some selected European countries. After setting the stage with some analytical distinctions and clarifications on the notion of social innovation, welfare mix and “secondo welfare” (for denoting the array of non-public welfare provisions which have been expanding in the last decade, the Italian debate has recently coined a new label: “second welfare”, a notion that is very much connected with the discussion on social innovation and the future of social policy at the EU level), the course will illustrate some emerging trends and achievements (i.e. emblematic initiatives and projects) within the European countries. The course aims at highlighting problems, risks, and prospects of such trends as well.

Learning outcomes

Students who attend the course will be able to:
- address the issue of why different countries implement different social policies, especially in times of crisis
- explore important concepts in the field of comparative social policy, including social citizenship, risk sharing, de-commodification, public-private partnership, and welfare regimes
- examine the historical foundations of welfare regimes and the forces driving their development in Western nations
- identify different approaches to explaining institutional variety in advanced welfare systems
- analyze contemporary policy issues affecting Western welfare regimes, including globalization, demographic aging, labor market instability, and gender equality
- examine the relevance of tools and frameworks for the study of Western welfare states and their transformation
- envisage the social and economic consequences of processes of welfare state reforms and the emergence of the “second welfare” paradigm
- strengthen your presentation and discussing skills – both the mechanics of discussing and your capacity to construct analytical presentation that aim to persuade (for attendant students)
- strengthen your writing skills – both the mechanics of writing and your capacity to construct analytical essays that aim to persuade (for non attendant students).

Bibliografia e altri materiali didattici: A detailed syllabus for attendant students will be made available on January 10th, 2019.
The syllabus will include a list of readings for the exam.

Attendant students
Readings for the final exam:

- M. Ferrera and F. Maino (2014), Social Innovation Beyond the State. Italy's Secondo Welfare in a European Perspective, 2WEL Working Paper, n. 2/2014, http://secondowelfare.it/working-paper/social-innovation-beyond-the-state-italys-secondo-welfare-in-a-european-perspective.html
- S. Sabato, B. Vanhercke & G. Verschraegen (2015), The EU framework for social innovation. Between entrepreneurship and policy experimentation, Improve Discussion Paper, n. 15/21, http://improve-research.eu/?page_id=37
- F. Addarii e F. Lipparini (2017), Vision and Trends of Social Innovation for Europe, European Commission, Luxembourg, Publication Office of the European Union, https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/a97a2fbd-b7da-11e7-837e-01aa75ed71a1/language-en
- M. Mapelli (2017), The development and the determinants of occupational welfare in the recalibration of European welfare regimes: a comparative perspective, 2WEL Working Paper, n. 1/2017, http://www.secondowelfare.it/working-paper/the-development-and-determinants-of-occupational-welfare-in-the-recalibration-of-european-welfare.html
- L.M. Salamon and S. Toepler (2015), Government–Nonprofit Cooperation: Anomaly or Necessity?, in “Voluntas”, n. 26, pp. 2155–2177.
- H. Johansson, M. Arvidson and S. Johansson (2015), Welfare Mix as a Contested Terrain: Political Positions on Government–Non-profit Relations at National and Local Levels in a Social Democratic Welfare State, in “Voluntas”, n. 26, pp. 1601–1619.
- W. Seibel (2015), Welfare Mixes and Hybridity: Analytical and Managerial Implications, in “Voluntas”, n. 26, pp. 1759–1768.
- H. Johansson and F. Maino (2016), Mixing multi-level and network governance: how do local actors relate to the policies, steering mechanisms and resources of higher-level actors?, in R. Halvorsen & B. Hvinden (eds.), Combating Poverty in Europe: Active inclusion in a multi-level and multi-actor context, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 181-200.

Bibliografia e altri materiali didattici per non frequentanti: Non attendant students

Readings for the oral exam (two short papers are also due and have to be discussed during the exam).

- J. Jenson (2014), Modernising paradigms. Social investments via social innovation, Paper for the Conference “Towards Inclusive Employment and Welfare Systems: Challenges for a Social Europe”, Berlin, 9-10 October 2014
- M. Ferrera and F. Maino (2014), Social Innovation Beyond the State. Italy's Secondo Welfare in a European Perspective, 2WEL Working Paper, n. 2/2014, http://secondowelfare.it/working-paper/social-innovation-beyond-the-state-italys-secondo-welfare-in-a-european-perspective.html
- S. Sabato, B. Vanhercke & G. Verschraegen (2015), The EU framework for social innovation. Between entrepreneurship and policy experimentation, Improve Discussion Paper, n. 15/21, http://improve-research.eu/?page_id=37
- F. Addarii e F. Lipparini (2017), Vision and Trends of Social Innovation for Europe, European Commission, Luxembourg, Publication Office of the European Union, https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/a97a2fbd-b7da-11e7-837e-01aa75ed71a1/language-en
- M. Mapelli (2017), The development and the determinants of occupational welfare in the recalibration of European welfare regimes: a comparative perspective, 2WEL Working Paper, n. 1/2017, http://www.secondowelfare.it/working-paper/the-development-and-determinants-of-occupational-welfare-in-the-recalibration-of-european-welfare.html
- E. Hogg & S. Baines (2011), Changing Responsibilities and Roles of the Voluntary and Community Sector in the Welfare Mix: A Review, in “Social Policy and Society”, vol. 10, n. 3, pp. 341-352.
- L.M. Salamon and S. Toepler (2015), Government–Nonprofit Cooperation: Anomaly or Necessity?, in “Voluntas”, n. 26, pp. 2155–2177.
- H. Johansson, M. Arvidson and S. Johansson (2015), Welfare Mix as a Contested Terrain: Political Positions on Government–Non-profit Relations at National and Local Levels in a Social Democratic Welfare State, in “Voluntas”, n. 26, pp. 1601–1619.
- S. Wolfgang (2015), Welfare Mixes and Hybridity: Analytical and Managerial Implications ‘Welfare Mix’ and Hybridity: Divergent but Compatible Concepts, in “Voluntas”, n. 26, pp. 1759–1768.
- C. Ranci (2015), The Long-Term Evolution of the Government–Third Sector Partnership in Italy: Old Wine in a New Bottle?, in “Voluntas”, n. 26, pp. 2311–2329.
- H. Johansson & F. Maino (2016), Mixing multi-level and network governance: how do local actors relate to the policies, steering mechanisms and resources of higher-level actors?, in R. Halvorsen & B. Hvinden (eds.), Combating Poverty in Europe: Active inclusion in a multi-level and multi-actor context, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 181-200.

Modalità di esame, prerequisiti, esami propedeutici

Esame in un'unica volta o suddiviso in partiunico
Modalità di accertamento conoscenzeEsame
Giudiziovoto verbalizzato in trentesimi

Prerequisiti e modalità di esame A detailed syllabus for attendant students will be made available on January 10th, 2019. The syllabus will include a list of readings sub-divided for each topic/teaching week.

In order to be enroled as “attending” (frequentanti), students must attend ca. 80% of classes (25 out of 30 classes).
All the students who cannot attend, or fail to regularly attend classes, will have to take the exam as “non attending” students (non frequentanti).

The assessment will be based on: participation in class debates and discussion; presentations in class and acting as a scheduled discussant; final (written) exam.
The grading system towards the final mark is the following:
- discussion questions and class participation: 20%
- presentations in class and acting as a scheduled discussant: 40%
- final (written) exam: 40%.



Prerequisiti e modalità di esame per non frequentanti The assessment will be based on a discussion in English (oral exam) around some articles listed by the instructor (see bellow or the syllabus) and 2 short research papers (3.500 words each) on specific topic to be agreed upon with the instructor. These papers are for you to develop your interest in a particular area of social innovation and welfare mix. One paper should be a literature review and the other should examine a case of social innovation in comparative perspective. Everyone should contact and/or meet the instructor (Franca Maino) once to discuss their topics.

The grading system towards the final mark is the following:
- two research papers: 30% each
- oral exam: 40%.

Students who cannot attend classes are kindly requested to contact the instructor at their earliest convenience, and in any case well in advance respect to the exam date.
The two research papers are due at least 2 weeks before the oral exam date.

Attività propedeutiche consigliate None.

Organizzazione della didattica

Settori e relativi crediti

  • Settore: SPS/04 - Scienza politica - Crediti: 9
Attività didattiche previste

Lezioni: 60 ore

Ricevimento Docenti

Orario di ricevimento Docenti
DocenteOrario di ricevimentoLuogo di ricevimento
FRANCA MAINO , responsabile dell'insegnamentoMercoledì dalle 13.45 alle 16.45. Il ricevimento del 13 marzo è posticipato al 14 marzo 2019 alla stessa ora.Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche - Stanza 17, secondo piano

Avvertenze e altre informazioni

A detailed syllabus for attendant students will be made available on January 11th, 2019. The syllabus will include a list of readings for the final exam.

Students who intend to attend the course and/or to take the final exam are invited to contact Prof. Franca Maino: franca.maino@unimi.it