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


(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


Food safety / animal welfare