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Dr. Robert Henry Cox

Dr. Robert Henry Cox Jr. is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina and is the Director of The Walker Institute of International and Area Studies. He also serves as Co-Editor for the journal Governance.


Dr. Robert H. Cox JrProfessor Cox's education includes a Bachelors in Philosophy from Miami University, an M.A. in West European Studies from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Political Science also from Indiana University.

Professor Cox teaches classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels in comparative politics, specifically focusing on European politics, comparative public policy and globalization.

Professor 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. In 2011 he published two co-edited books. The first co-edited with Daniel Béland is called Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research, Oxford University Press. The second co-edited with Gary B. Cohen, Ben Ansell and Jane Gingrich, is Social Policy in the New Europe: The Experiences of Austria and the Smaller EU Members, Berghahn Books, 2011.

Cox was a former President of the United Nations Association of the United States, Oklahoma City Chapter.  He is also a former president and member of the Board of the Western College Program Alumni Association, and a member of the Executive Board for the IPSA research committee on the Structures of Governance. In addition, he has been honored as a Fulbright scholar to Denmark, a Visiting Professor at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, German Marshall Foundation Research Fellow, and an invited guest to the European Union Visitors Programme, and as a member of the Board of Experts for the Itinera Institute, a public policy think-tank based in Brussels, Belgium. He also has been the Co-Director of a Department of Education grant for Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages (UISFL).

Click on the links below to view Dr. Cox's:
Curriculum Vitae

Course Syllabi Governance


Contemporary Europe

Politics of the European Union

Politics, Literature and Film

Governments Around the World

Submit a manuscript to Governance

Official Website at Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

The Governance Blog

Structures of Government (SOG) -- IPSA Research Committee 27