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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 of current trends in regulatory policy and politics

  • Ability to analyse real life problems in various policy sectors from a perspective of regulatory theory, both individually and in a group setting

  • Ability to present results of a research project in a professional manner

  • Ability to stay informed about current developments in the area of expertise


On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Blackboard.

Methods of instruction

The course consists of 7 seminar sessions and self-study.

Study load

Total study load: 140 hrs.
Contact hours: 24 hrs
Self-study hours: 116 hrs (preparing for classes ca 70 hrs, preparing for the exam and assignments 36 hrs)

Method of assessment

Assignments 25%
Exam 50%
Group paper 25%

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’.


The Blackboard page will be open one week before the start of the course at the latest.

Reading list

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