Regulation of infrastructure & utilities


This module examines the theories and rationales of the regulation of infrastructure and utilities. Drawing from several case studies from various countries, it will examine current debates on regulatory policy and the political economy of regulation, including regulatory discretion and commitment, regulatory quality and capacity, and the design of regulatory systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Unit 1 Theories of Regulation
  • Unit 2 Regulatory Approaches and Strategies
  • Unit 3 Regulatory Reforms
  • Unit 4 The Politics of Regulation
  • Unit 5 Regulatory Commitment and Investments
  • Unit 6 The Performance of Regulatory Systems
  • Unit 7 The design of regulatory systems
  • Unit 8 Regulatory Capacity


  • Two assignments (30%)
  • One three-hour examination in September/October (70%)