Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3195: The Politics of Regulation: Risks and Regulatory Failures

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, this plan is indicative of some of the main topics to be covered by the module. More details will be given and the plan finalised in the module syllabus available on ELE prior to the start of the course.

What is Regulation?

The Regulatory State &the ‘Risk Society’

Theories of Regulation: Public Interest, Capture, Rational Choice

Regulatory Tools and Approaches

Regulatory Agencies

Regulating Risks

Risk Governance: Comparative Approaches

Regulatory Enforcement

Regulatory Failures and Unintended Consequences

Regulatory Competition: Races to the Top, Races to the Bottom

Regulatory Reform &Innovation

Crisis Management &Preparing for Future Crises

Regulatory Oversight

The Future of Regulation

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching4422 weekly sessions each lasting 2 hours, each consisting of a mix of formal lecture, student-led seminar, collective discussion and presentations
Guided independent learning256A variety of private study tasks directed by the module leader, including: reading and preparation of assigned readings for seminars (roughly 130 hours); the research, preparation and completion of essays (roughly 50-60 hours/per essay); research and preparation of the presentation (roughly 10 hours).

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

A number of articles, reports or book chapters will be available for every topic on the module website. These will be supplemented with empirical materials from different government and non-government regulatory sources, as appropriate.