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LAW7317 - Evaluating what works in regulation

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Professor Graeme Hodge


City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2008 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit will contribute to the achievement of a clear understanding of regulatory frameworks and processes, and the range of evaluation models adopted when assessing regulation in a political economy. It will also encompass a wide range of cases relevant to regulation. The Unit will enable students to achieve a more advanced and detailed knowledge of evaluation frameworks. The inclusion of economic, policy and quantitative evaluation methods will add interdisciplinary perspectives.

This unit introduces regulatory scholars to the evaluation of regulatory outcomes through various methods applied to date.


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

  • Identify common evaluation methods and frameworks applied to the regulatory domain

  • Explain the role of regulatory evaluation in a political economy and regulatory policy context

  • Explain major features of simple economic evaluation models relevant to regulation

  • Compare a range of evaluative techniques applicable to regulation

  • Analyse and evaluate a range of relevant qualitative and quantitative case studies which apply to the regulatory domain.


Regulation case study (3,750 words): 50% Research assignment (3,000 words): 40% Class participation: 10%

Contact hours

24 hours total per semester

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