BMS - Vakgroep PA (EN)

M.Sc. Programme in Regulation (Regulation Module, European Studies)


The Regulation track offers four related courses on the theory and practice of regulation, with a focus on the European area. The four courses are:


Theories of Regulation

European Regulatory Governance

Market Regulation

Social Regulation



Theories of Regulation


This course introduces students to literature that discusses

•reasons for regulation

•different modes of regulation

•public choice and public interest models of regulatory choice

•problems of accountability and capture

•national variations in regulatory content and styles

•independent regulatory agencies, reasons and consequences

•public-private partnerships (including quangos), reasons and consequences



European Regulatory Governance (ERG)


The ERG course belongs to the regulation program, which has been teamed up with Health Sciences, Public Administration, Business Administration (Business Law) in addition to European Studies. In that course, you’ll have the task of preparing a group report on how a specific piece of regulation is managed in the EU. It is not a lecture, but is project-based learning, in accordance with the Twente Educational Model. You have some foundation readings each week that deal with the EU that will be discussed in class for about 15 minutes a week, but the rest of your time will be working further on the regulation project your group has chosen, and discussing it with the other projects that take part in the course. Each week deals with a different stage of the regulation policy process at the national, European and global levels that highlight how different actors become involved. The task for you as a group each week is to make a first draft of your deliverable before you come to class, revise and build on it in light of the initial discussion of the foundation readings while you’re there, and compare and contrast how that worked in your case study with others.

 

Doing  a project tells you a great deal about what is possible in your chosen field of specialty in the EU, what the costs and demands are, and how that contrasts with the United States and other jurisdictions. That is precisely why the course is integrated directly into other M.Sc. programmes as well. It is not a specialised course on a particular technology or type of business. But no technology or business goes anywhere without passing the regulatory hurdles. 



This course introduces students to the variety of ways in which regulation is carried out in the European Union. Comparisons are also made to comparable regulatory institutions in the United States. The course will introduce students to


•Introduction: variety of mechanisms and processes

•Delegation to the European Commission

•Comitology

•(Standing) expert advisory committees

•(Ad hoc) High Level Groups

•Open Method of Coordination

•New Legislative Instruments


Indicative Literature:



Market Regulation


This course provides an in-depth look at the economic regulation of the EU and of the EU member states. It provides occasional comparisons with OECD standards and American practice. Market regulation is where the EU has its most potent independent powers and where supranational legislation is most extensive. The course will cover the content and, where applicable, governance of

•European, national and international sources of market regulation

•competition policy

•company regulation

•financial market regulation

•accounting regulation

•consumer protection

•internal market completion



Social and Environmental Regulation


This course provides an in-depth look at the social regulation of the EU and important differences among the EU member states. Social regulation is dominated by the member states, so that the course will concentrate on how very disparate social policies are coordinated (or not). Attention will also be paid to different demands by old and new member states as they link social, economic and market goals.


This course will cover:

•EU Employment Policy

•General employee and union rights vis-à-vis the company

•Health and safety

•Equality / anti-discrimination in the workplace

•Pollution

•Food safety / animal welfare