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Regulatory Governance


Credits: 4 ECTS

Second semester

Elective Courses




This course explores the rise of the so-called “regulatory state” or “regulatory capitalism”—characterized by an increasing degree of liberalization and deregulation of public policies in which the state used to have the leading role—. In particular, we will pay particular attention to the creation of non-elected bodies, such as regulatory agencies that operate on a broad range of policy issues (e.g. food security, financial markets) at the transnational, national and regional level. In this course we will assess, from a theoretical and empirical perspective, key themes and debates on regulatory governance such as accountability and transparency mechanisms of such non-elected bodies, their level of independence from political actors, their political oversight and their (democratic) legitimacy. We will also explore the participation and influence of scientific experts and interest groups (e.g. business associations, NGOs, trade unions) in the design of regulatory policies.


The course will be evaluated as follows:

  • Class participation: 10%
  • In-class presentations: 30%
  • Policy Brief: 20%
  • Final ‘take home’ exam: 40%