Master of International Affairs   Master of Public Policy  

The politics of global regulation

This course provides an advanced introduction to the key debates, issues and concepts in the study and practice of regulation. Regulation has not only become an increasingly preferred policy instrument of governments, but it is also widely used by industries themselves. In the course, we assess the rise of the regulatory state, the different approaches to regulation, the regulatory instruments that are used and the actors that are involved in the process. We will also focus on a few selected areas of regulation, including data protection, peer-to-peer platforms, global health and pharmaceuticals, financial services, environmental regulation and competition policy. This course examines the various explanations for the introduction of, and changes in, regulatory policies, instruments and institutions. The course brings together insights from different disciplines including political science, law, sociology and economics. The course has a broad focus, including the global south and both national and international regulation.