Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM009M: Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy (MPA ONLY)

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits20 ECTS Value10
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (3 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Claudio Radaelli (Convenor)

Mr Jonathan Kamkhaji (Lecturer)


This module is available for students on the MPA Programme only



Available via distance learning


This is an advanced postgraduate module in which you will examine a key debate related to the ‘better regulation’ reform wave. The course has four parts. You will identify the theoretical justifications for better regulation, and then, in the second part of the course, move on to the analysis of how better regulation works, using evidence from different countries. The third part will explain and discuss the better regulation toolkit, including regulatory impact assessment, consultation, reduction of administrative burdens, alternatives to traditional regulation, and simplification programs. In the final part, we appraise the better regulation agenda normatively and deal with the question whether 'better regulation' has also produced 'efficient and democratically legitimate regulation'.

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