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Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies

Program Session(s):
September 27, 2015 - October 2, 2015
March 6, 2016 - March 11, 2016

Application Deadline(s):
July 27, 2015
January 6, 2016

Program Fee:$7,400

Program fee includes:
tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

Faculty Chair: Malcolm Sparrow


Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies (SMREA) examines the distinctive strategic and managerial challenges that surround government agencies’ regulatory and enforcement functions, focusing on issues of social regulation (the control of risks to society) rather than economic regulation (the control of markets). This course explores the operations and management of regulatory and enforcement agencies rather than the reform of law.

  • What does it mean to adopt a risk-based approach to regulatory policy?
  • What is the full range of tools available to regulatory policymakers to identify and control risks?
  • What are the difficulties of performance measurement in the regulatory domain?
  • How can policymakers develop effective collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups?

The course will examine some of the current prescriptions for reform (such as customer service orientation and process improvement) in light of the unique task that regulatory agencies face.  We will also focus on the distinctive character of the risk-control task, and pressures for regulators to prove their worth and effectiveness.

Hanzo Van Beusekom, Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies alumni 2005, was featured in the summer 2010 issue of Harvard Kennedy School Magazine. In the article Van Beusekom discusses his experience in the program and how he was able to apply what he learned during the program within his organization.


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