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After Brexit: The Political Economy of the Single Market AUTUMN 2020



This is an international political economy course that focuses on regulation and competition in the Single Market in the European Union in light of the recent institutional upheaval (Brexit) and the sustainability challenge. The course addresses the rationales and motivations for economic regulation, and centres on the evolution of competition policy and sector regulation through presentation of the EU policy process. This is of paramount importance to firms that operate or plan to operate in European countries. The course covers several aspects of the regulatory state, such as liberalisation, self-regulation, flexibility and indirect regulation, regulatory competition, regulatory risk, cooperation and/or convergence, and the legal, administrative and political bases for regulation. The course requires no previous knowledge of the subject.

Course content

  1. EU institutional development and the EU policy process.
  2. The Single European Market
  3. Business, politics and regulation; liberalisation and de-regulation.
  4. The international dimension of regulation: Liberalisation, regulatory competition and cooperation.
  5. Comparative competition policy: National (incl. Norwegian, US), European Union and international.
  6. Sector regulation. Specific aspects of and case studies from selected sectors (e.g., energy and finance).


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