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Tipo: Altro


Scheda dell'insegnamento

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Obbligatorio a scelta
Secondo Semestre
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Mastery of theoretical knowledge and methodological basis regarding policies and good skills in learning, writing and oral communication.


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Obiettivi formativi

Knowledge and understanding
Mastering the contents of the course and achieving the corresponding skills. The main objective of the course is the analysis of the policy process leading to most policy schemes in the domain of social work and social policy at local level. The comprehension of the policy design is an important focus of the course. The understanding of the tension between decision-making, steering by meso-level actors and application by street-level agents, in the domain of social policy, will be at heart of the course. Most contents are comparative (Europe).

Applying knowledge and understanding

The comprehension of the mechanisms leading to the making and the implementing of social policy schemes at local level will enable the participants to understand, master and act as professionals in such a policy environment.


The course aims at providing an introduction to the policy process in the domain of social policy and social work. It handles the most important mechanisms, institutions, actors, values, and social cleavages of this policy field. The course will consider the embeddedness of local social policy-making in the context of regional, national and supranational policy debates and constraints. It will tackle public, para-public, associative or for-profit actors as they interact with the addressees of social policies such as families, youngsters, unemployed, disabled or frail elderly people in the context of social policy-making.

Programma esteso

Introduction to policy studies
· Social policy design as policy-making
· Introductory definitions
· Some theoretical views over public policy
· The policy cycle and beyond
Public problems definition and policy-making
· Public problems, policies and democracy
· Social problems, public problems
· Analyzing the construction of public problems
Designing public policies: Programming policies and designing policy instruments
· Policy design
· Policy instruments
· Social policy design
Policy implementation
Policy-making in the domain of social policies
· Social policy as a specific type of policy-making
· Approaches and theories
· National models and local diversity
· Multiscalar aspects of policy-making in the domain of social policies
Social services and social policies in Europe
· Historical trajectories and theoretical approaches
· National models and local diversity
· European regulation(s)
Non take-up of social rights and discriminations
A focus on long-term care policies in Europe
· National policy systems
· Regional and local steering
· Comparing welfare mix in Europe
· How is local social innovation possible and sustainable?
Social policy-making and design at local level

Bibliografia consigliata

Knoepfel, Peter; Larrue, Corinne; Varone, Frédéric; Hill, Michael. Public Policy Analysis. The Policy Press, Bristol, 2007.

Cousins, Mel. European Welfare States – Comparative Perspectives. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006.

Martinelli, Flavia; Anttonen, Anneli; Mätzke, Margitta (Eds.). Social Services Disrupted - Changes, Challenges and Policy Implications for Europe in Times of Austerity. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2017.

Metodi didattici

The course is in English.
Lectures and research.