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Department of Political Science


Robert H. Cox

Title: Professor
Department: Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4558
Office: Gambrell, 351
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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Dr. Cox joined the political science department in 2012. He holds a PhD from Indiana University.


Dr. Cox regularly teaches classes on contemporary European politics and the politics of the European Union. He also teaches classes on globalization and the comparative analysis of public policy.


Dr. Cox' research examines public policy issues in advanced industrialized societies. Many of his publications have examined the politics of welfare reform in European countries. His recent research focuses on the role of the European Union in promoting sustainability programs among its member states.

Selected Publications 

Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research, co-edited with Daniel Belánd, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Social Policy in the Smaller European Union States, co-edited with Gary B. Cohen, Benjamin W. Ansell and Jane Gingrich, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2011.

The Development of the Dutch Welfare State: From Workers' Insurance to Universal Entitlement.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993.

“Valence, Policy Ideas and the Rise of Sustainability.”  Governance, April 2013, 26(2): forthcoming.  Co-authored with Daniel Béland.

“The Path Dependence of an Idea: Why Scandinavian Welfare States Remain Distinct,” Social Policy and Administration, February 2004, 38(2): 204-219.

 “The Social Construction of an Imperative:  Why Welfare Reformed Happened in Denmark And The Netherlands, But Not in Germany,” World Politics, April 2001, 53(3): 463-498.

“From Safety Net to Trampoline: Labor Market Activation in the Netherlands and Denmark.” Governance, October 1998, 11(4): 397-414. (lead article)

“The Consequences of Welfare Reform: How Conceptions of Social Rights Are Changing.” Journal of Social Policy, January 1998, 26(1): 1-16.  (lead article)

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