PP488E      Half Unit
Regulatory Analysis

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Martin Lodge


This course is available on the Executive Master of Public Administration and Executive Master of Public Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.


There are no pre-requisites, but recommended advance reading is given below.

Course content

The course examines contemporary issues in regulation in OECD countries and elsewhere. The focus is on exploring competing approaches towards regulation in the context of different domains, ranging from utility, environmental to health and safety regulation. Particular attention will be paid to issues such as institutional design, enforcement and compliance, as well as the relationship between politicians, regulators, business and other actors. Topics include institutional design, development and regulation, standard-setting, enforcement, ‘better regulation’, and accountability.


A one-week modular teaching block. This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures delivered in one week. This year, some or all of this teaching may be delivered through a combination of virtual classes and lectures delivered as online videos.

Formative coursework

One mock examination opportunity will be provided.

Indicative reading

Managing Regulation by Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich (Palgrave, 2012) introduces key themes. A different introduction is Understanding Regulation by Robert Baldwin, Martin Cave and Martin Lodge (Oxford University Press, second edition, 2012)


Essay (50%, 2000 words) and online assessment (50%).

A 2,000 word assessed essay (50%) and an online assessment (50%). Please note that online assessments take place on the third Friday after module teaching concludes. Assessed essays are due on the sixth Sunday after module teaching concludes. Further details will be provided at the EMPA/ Executive MPP programme inductions.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: School of Public Policy

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

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