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Regulation and Governance



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 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 7 seminar sessions and self-study.

Schedule Group 1 (Location: Wijnhaven 3.60, except for Monday 1st October)

Week 1: Wednesday, 5 September, 13:00-15:00
Week 2: Wednesday, 12 September, 13:00-15:00
Week 3: Wednesday, 19 September, 13:00-15:00
Week 4: Wednesday, 26 September, 13:00-15:00
Week 5: Monday, 1 October, 13:00-15:00, different location: SH 13.11 (!)
Week 6: Wednesday, 10 October, 13:00-15:00
Week 7: Wednesday, 17 October, 13:00-15:00

Schedule Group 2 (Location: SH 13.11, except for Friday 19 October)

Week 1: Friday, 7 September, 10:00-12:00
Week 2: Friday, 14 September, 10:00-12:00
Week 3: Friday, 21 September, 10:00-12:00
Week 4: Friday, 28 September, Friday 10:00-12:00
Week 5: Friday, 5 October, 10:00-12:00
Week 6: Friday, 12 October, 10:00- 12:00
Week 7: Friday, 19 October, 10:00-12:00, different location: A.v.Bue 02.21 (!)

Course Load


Assessment method

  1. Case portfolio 3 x 10%
  2. Exam 70%
  3. Participation pass/fail


The Blackboard page will be open one week before the start 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.


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).

For Regulation and Governance you will need to register before the start of the course for either Group 1 or Group 2 (both groups cover the same material, with the same instructor team). Students are expected to attend the weekly session of the group they are enrolled for. To ensure balanced student numbers and smaller classes, you will not be able to switch from one group to the other after the start of the course.

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.


For course related queries, contact Samir Negash

For face-to-face meetings on course related queries, please attend the office hours of the course co-ordinator (see Blackboard).