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Regulation and Governance (elective)


Admission requirements

Elective for students of the master Public Administration.


As a result of governance reforms, regulation has become one of the core interest areas in governance studies. This course covers some of the key discussions related to regulatory policy that can be applied to a variety of areas, such as sustainability or health, and from high-tech sectors to labour-intensive industries. 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 Prospectus 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 assignments (pass/fail)
  2. Exam (100%)
  3. Participation (pass/fail)

Partial grades are only valid in the current academic year; partial grades will not remain valid after the exam and the resit of the course.

Reading list



Register yourself via MyStudymap for each course, workgroup and exam (not all courses have workgroups and/or exams). Do so on time, before the start of the course; some courses and workgroups have limited spaces. You can view your personal schedule in MyTimetable after logging in.
Registration for this elective is possible via MyStudymap from t.b.a.

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. After enrolment for the course in MyStudymap you will be automatically enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.

After registration for an exam you still need to confirm your attendance via MyStudymap. If you do not confirm, you will ultimately be de-registered and you will not be allowed to take the exam.
More information on registration via MyStudymap can be found on this page.

Please note: guest-/contract-/exchange students do not register via MyStudymap but via uSis. Guest-/contract-/exchange students also do not have to confirm their participation for exams via MyStudymap.


Dr. M. Beerkens