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Future Proof Regulation



Policy makers tend to formulate answers to yesterday’s problems. The reason is straightforward. It takes time to observe a problem, to analyze the causes of a problem, to identify instruments addressing these causes, and to implement these instruments. By that time, the world may have changed. The selected instruments may no longer yield desirable effects. This chain of events raises an important question: how to develop “future proof regulation”?
In order to develop future proof regulation, the first step is thinking about what the future may look like. Obviously, the future is uncertain. One way to address this uncertainty, is to develop scenarios. Scenarios can be used to test actual or proposed regulation. The evaluation of alternative options depends on the costs, the benefits and the risk attitude of the policy-maker.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Systematically investigate policy-relevant future developments.

  • Critically assess whether (existing or intended) regulation is future proof.

  • Advise policy-makers on the development of future proof regulation.



Method of instruction

This course consists of interactive seminars and is compulsory.

Study load

Total course load 140 hours

  • Hours spent on attending seminars 21

  • Time four studying compulsory literature and completing assignments 119

Method of assessment

Grading will be based on a final written assignment. Attendance and active participation in the seminars is required.

You can find more information about assessments and the timetable exams on the website.
Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.
On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website, uSis and Blackboard.

Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and have a mark lower than 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit written exam
Students that want to take part in a resit for a written exam, are required to register via uSis. Use the activity number that can be found on the ‘timetable exams’.


Blackboard will be available one month before the start of the course.

Other learning materials/ literature

(To be announced on Blackboard)


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.
Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.


Peter van Wijck