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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.

Course 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.


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

Mode of instruction

The course consists of interactive seminars. Attendance and active participation is compulsory.

Course Load

  • Total course load 140 hours

  • Hours spent on attending seminars 21

  • Time four studying compulsory literature and completing assignments 119

Assessment method

Grading will be based on a final written assignment (100%). Attendance and active participation in the seminars is required.


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

Reading list

TBA, see 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 there.


Peter van Wijck