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LAW7329 - The privatising state: reform, regulation and reinvention

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Professor Graeme Hodge


Not offered in 2007


This unit investigates privatisation as a family of policies
and practices within the modern state and the crucial
role played by regulation in governance. It uses an
historical perspective to explore state-owned enterprise
and its traditional governance and then more recent
privatisation trends and regulatory phenomena. A range
of theoretical underpinnings for privatisation and
regulation are then explored. Components of
privatisation analysed include enterprise sales,
contracting-out public sector services, public-private
partnerships and private sector development strategy.


Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:


Research paper (3,750 words): 50% Case study (3,000 words): 40% Class participation: 10%

Contact hours

Students enrolled in the course will be provided with 24 contact hours of lectures/seminars per semester. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and undertake additional research and reading as applicable to a 6 credit point unit.


Any two of the prescribed core units in the Master of Regulatory Studies and the Graduate Diploma in Regulatory Studies, or subject to approval of the LLM course convenor.