Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM009M: Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the order indicated:


1. Different tides of regulatory reform. Regulatory reform strategies

2. The rise of the better regulation agenda: history and diffusion patterns. Better regulation as public policy

3. Theoretical expectations about better regulation: public choice and administrative-constitutional legal scholarship

4. The better regulation toolkit - overview

5. Regulatory impact assessment

6. Comparative analysis: the EU and the USA

7. Comparative analysis across OECD nations

8. The case of developing countries

9. Regulatory indicators and the management of better regulation

10. Why better regulation is adopted and not implemented: empirical evidence and theoretical considerations

11. Appraising better regulation: normative analysis

12. Conclusions

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 Teaching10Ten Lectures (1 hour)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching6Three Group Work sessions (2 hours each)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching5Two Workshops (2.5 hours each)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching3One Guest Presentation (3 hours)
Guided independent study82Reading, thinking and preparing for lectures and workshops
Guided independent study94Assignment preparation

Online Resources

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