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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%

In case of an insufficient grade, the exam and the paper can be retaken.

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’.


Yes, Available the first day of the block.

Other course materials/literature

Lodge, M. & Wegrich, K. (2012) Managing regulation: regulatory analysis, politics and policy. Basington: Palgrave Macmillan.

Additionally: academic articles, case studies, and government documents downloadable online or via university library.


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.


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