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PPG 2001  - 
The Theory and Practice of Independent Regulation in the Policy Process 

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We are said to be living in a “Regulatory State” where many important policy areas – including energy, transportation, telecommunications and public markets – are populated by independent regulatory agencies. These agencies – sometimes called a headless fourth branch of government – exercise decision making authority outside of the direct managerial oversight of Ministries. Their decisions can have a major impact on both the ability of governments to implement their agenda and the ability of citizens to influence policy outcomes. This course will address the major theoretical and practical issues that independent regulatory agencies bring to governance in a democratic society from the perspectives of law, politics and economics.

It will include readings and discussions aimed at the following issues:

  • the role of regulatory agencies as a form of governance;
  • rationale for regulation, i.e., why do governments create agencies that can then operate outside of their direct control
  • how do regulators make decisions, and how are their processes integrated, or not, with government policy
  • how are regulators subject to oversight through the courts and through government; and
  • what is the meaning and value of regulatory independence.

Source: http://www.publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/mpp-core-outline (accessed 6 January 2014).


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Level Descriptor: Second Year Masters 



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