POLS5505 Regulation and Governance

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
The regulatory capacities of governments have substantially expanded in recent decades, and have increasingly involved a range of actors including consumers, firms and non-governmental organisations. This unit introduces students to the theory and practice of regulation and governance, with the differing approaches to understanding how and why the role of governments has changed in recent decades situated in analysis of a range of cases from across the globe. The unit examines the increasing diversity of new modes of governance such as public private partnerships (PPPs), and new forms of regulation such as corporate codes of conduct. It provides students with a comprehensive understanding of why new modes of regulation and governance have emerged, their differing forms and their distributional and representational impacts. Students critically engage with a range of cases, which may include the ‘Fairtrade' labelling scheme, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, and public private partnerships in the Australian infrastructure and service sectors.
Students are able to (1) understand differing theoretical approaches to conceptualising the increasing prevalence of new modes of regulation and governance; (2) describe the form and function of differing types of new modes of regulation and governance; (3) critically evaluate debates in the media as they relate to new modes of regulation and governance, and their distributional and representational impacts; and (4) research, develop and deliver critical analyses of the emergence and function of new modes of regulation and governance.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar preparation and participation; (2) analytical assignment; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Katie Attwell
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
undergraduate major in Political Science
closely related field
Contact hours
seminar classes: 20 hours
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