Module Details

LW239-6-SP-CO: Government Use Of Economic Powers

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Year: 2016/17
Department: Law (School of)
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No
Pre-requisites: LW101
Pre- or co-requisites: (LW203 or LW203)

Supervisor: Dr Yseult Marique, Prof Ellie Palmer
Teaching Staff: Dr Yseult Marique, Prof Ellie Palmer
Contact details: Anthony Griffin, Administrator, telephone: 01206 872529 email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module provides the students with the basic knowledge necessary to understand a quickly developing and increasingly important area of law at National, European and International levels. It will focus on the ways in which legal and regulatory techniques combine to deliver socio-economic policies and how these combinations may change over time and between jurisdictions. The module will provide a sound understanding of the different agencies legal professionals have to deal with and highlight the dynamics of transformation in these various fields of law.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Upon successful completion of the module the students will be able to:
Present and make reasoned choice between competing theoretical and conceptual perspectives on regulation.
Identify the tools regulation uses and how the law fits within these tools and produce a synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in this regard.
Use legal concepts and reasoning to analyse tools of regulation.
Understanding the role institutions and history play in the relationships between law and regulation, with the ability to evidence this understanding (mainly drawn from England)
Assess how similar socio-economic issues are tackled differently overtime and between jurisdictions, with the ability to give concrete illustrations (mainly drawn from comparisons with European countries such as France, Germany and the Netherlands).
Recognize the key role of public finances have, based on the role of the Tresury, political and expert control over the use of taxpayer's money and the shaping of European-central-local relationships.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


  • G Anthony, JB Auby, J Morison and T Zwart, Values in global Administrative Law (Oxford Hart Publishing, 2011)
  • Ayres and Braithwaite, Responsive Regulation: Transcending the Dereglation Debate (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992)
  • M Amstutzand G Teubner, Networks - Legal Issues of Multilateral Co-operation (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2009)
  • Further books are recommended, list available on request.

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