Friday, March. 7, 2008, Noon
European Welfare Systems
With the exception of Social Security and Medicare, social welfare policy in the United States is organized around benefiting individuals with proven need. Other European models citizens are entitled to basic security benefits which are usually established on a rate basis or contribution. Dr. Robert Cox will discuss the European welfare systems and prevailing models.
Dr. Robert Henry Cox
About the Speaker:
Robert Henry Cox currently serves as the first director of the School of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He also serves as co-editor for the journal Governance, which is rated second of 26 journals in the field of public administration.
On the OU faculty since 1989, Cox is an associate professor in the School of International and Area Studies. His education includes a bachelors' degree in Philosophy from Miami University, a master's in West European Studies from Indiana University and a doctorate in Political Science also from Indiana University.
Cox teaches classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels in comparative politics, specifically focusing on European Politics. In recent years, he has developed classes that examine processes of globalization.
Cox’s research focuses on the development and evolution of welfare states in advanced industrialized countries. Reflecting his interdisciplinary interests, his writings on the welfare state have explored the moral foundations of welfare programs, the politics of policy change and the technical details of systems of taxation and social insurance.
His publications have appeared in such journals as World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Politics and Society, Governance, Journal of Social Policy, Publius, and many other academic journals. His first book is The Development of the Dutch Welfare State: From Workers’ Insurance to Universal Entitlements.
Cox is President and member of the board of directors for the United Nations Association of the United States, Oklahoma City Chapter. He is also a member of the Board of Experts for the Itinera Institute, a public policy think-tank based in Brussels, Belgium. In addition, he has been honored as a Fulbright scholar to Denmark (1995), a Visiting Professor at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (1996), German Marshall Foundation Research Fellow (1998) and an invited guest to the European Union Visitors Programme (1999). He also has been the co-director of OU’s European Union Center and the co-director of a Department of Education grant for Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages (UISFL).