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Regulation and Governance



As a result of public management reforms and what some call the ‘rise of the regulatory state’, regulation has become one of the core interest areas in governance studies. This course covers some of the key discussions related to regulatory policy. Our emphasis lies on different types of regulatory instruments – self-regulation, market mechanisms and state control – and on effective enforcement of regulation. Furthermore, regulators function increasingly in a multi-level context, required to accommodate demands not only on the European but also global level. The issues of regulatory overlap, drift and layering make us wonder about effective combination of regulatory instruments and the nature of regulatory agencies. Many countries and international organizations have recently critically reviewed their regulatory system and searched for a ‘Better regulation’ framework, to ensure its effectiveness while minimizing regulatory burden. In this course we will look at the theoretical arguments about the issues as well as real-life case studies and government responses

Learning objectives

Understanding different regulatory instruments with their theoretical and practical assumptions
Knowledge and understanding about current trends in regulatory policy and politics
Ability to analyse real life problems in various policy sectors from the perspective of regulatory theory



Methods of instruction

This course consists of tutorials and self study. This course is compulsory.

Study load

  • total study load: 140 hrs – contact hours: 7 × 3hrs (21 hrs) – self-study hours: 120 (preparing for classes ca 80 hrs, exam and assignments 40 hrs)

Method of assessment

Assignments 30%
Exam 40%
Group paper 30%


Yes, Available the first day of the block.

Other course materials/literature

Reading list will be provided.


Registration for every course and exam in USIS is mandatory. For courses, registration is possible from four weeks up to three days before the start of the course.
For exams, registration is possible from four weeks up to ten days before the date of the examination.


Dr. Maarja Beerkens
Tel: (0)71 527 3751