The module has three core functions. First, it introduces students to the concept of ‘governance’, and indicates how this differs from traditional conceptions of ‘government’. It examines how ‘governance’ can be deployed in a variety of different ways, by considering the various governing functions (the use of economic, regulatory and informational measures). The module then considers in detail three relatively (if not entirely) new governing methods: the use of agencies, markets and networks. Finally, the module examines how governments have attempted to control these various types of governance, through the use of performance management and self-regulation.
Assessment method: Summative assessment will be provided through a 3,000 word essay due in during week 12 (90%) and on student participation in class discussions, group presentations and production of article reviews (10%).