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Regulation and Governance (elective)


Admission requirements

Elective for students of the master Public Administration.


As a result of governance 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. In this course, we will look at the theoretical arguments related to these issues as well as real-life case studies and government responses.

Course objectives

  • Understanding different regulatory instruments with their theoretical and practical assumptions

  • Knowledge and understanding the key issues and current trends in regulatory policy and politics

  • Ability to analyse real life problems in various policy sectors from the perspective of regulatory theory


On the right side of programme front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

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

Assessment method

  1. Case portfolio (4 x 10%)
  2. Exam (60%)
  3. Participation (pass/fail)

The case assignments can be compensated.

From 2020-2021 onwards, partial grades will not remain valid after the exam and the resit of the course.

Reading list

The main course book for this course is:
Lodge, M. & Wegrich, K. (2012) Managing regulation: regulatory analysis, politics and policy. Basington: Palgrave Macmillan. Students should purchase this book.

Additionally, main readings are prescribed from the following regulation handbooks. These are available in digital version from the library so you do not need to purchase these.

  • Baldwin, R., Cave, M. & M. Lodge. Understanding Regulation: Theory, Strategy and Practice. Oxford University Press.

  • Baldwin, R., Cave, M. & M. Lodge (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Regulation (2012). Oxford University Press.


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.

From the academic year 2020-2021 Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. After enrollment for the course in uSis you will be automatically enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.


Dr. Maarja Beerkens