ELE 3723 Political Governance


ELE 3723 Political Governance

Responsible for the course
Are Vegard Haug

Department of Accounting - Auditing and Law

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

The aim of the course is to give a general idea of the public sector's role in a market economy, with a particular emphasis on democratic decisions with a view to rectifying various forms of market failures. A particular focus is placed on the government's responsibility for health and welfare systems as developed in the Scandinvian welfare model.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
The students shall gain a basic understanding of the reasons for public involvement and how it affects private market players. The students shall also acquire concrete knowledge of public involvement in financial policy, monetary policy, pension fund management, regional policy and business policy.

Acquired skills
The students shall acquire concrete knowledge on how many social policy goals are best achieved through an interaction between government intervention and market economy dynamics. They shall also learn how both the government and the market have advantages as well as shortcomings - and that it is necessary in public governance to constantly reform policy instruments.

The students shall develop a balanced view of the relationship between government and the market and train their ability to distinguish between value-based and scientific views of how society develops. They shall also develop a good understanding of how good solutions often are compromises involving democratic decision-making processes, market economic efficiency and social justice.

No particular prerequisites are required.

Compulsory reading
Røste, Ole Bjørn. 2013. Økonomi og politikk for samfunnsvitere. Gyldendal akademisk. Revidert utg. av Politikk og økonomi : for statsvitere
Sørensen, Rune J. 2009. En effektiv offentlig sektor : organisering, styring og ledelse i stat og kommune. Universitetsforlaget. 9-148

Recommended reading

Course outline

  • The reasons for a public sector
  • Governance failures and inefficiency in the public sector
  • Public ownership and management
  • Theoretical models for public policy studies
  • Growth in public spending
  • Macroeconomic policy
  • Government, market and the good society

Computer-based tools
No computer-based tools are used in this course.

Learning process and workload
Learning process
The course consists of 45 hours with a combination of lectures, teamwork and feedback on an individual hand-in assignment (term paper). The teamwork consists of work on a concrete case and subsequent presentation in class.

The term paper is mandatory and is an essay on a topic of one's own choosing that relates to one of the main topics of the course. A three-hour written exam concludes the course.

Recommended workload:
Lectures and teamwork
Preparation for lectures and teamwork
Own work on term paper
Written exam
Total recommended workload

    The grade in the course is based on the following activities and weighting.

    Part 1 - Individual term paper over four (4) weeks which accounts for 50% of the grade
    Part 2 - Three-hour individual written exam which accounts for 50% of the grade

    Both elements must be passed in order to be awarded a final grade in the course.

    Examination code(s)
    ELE 37231 - Term paper which accounts for 50% of the grade in the course ELE 3723 Political governance, 7.5 ECTS.
    ELE 37232 - Written exam which accounts for 50% of the grade in the course ELE 3723 Political governance, 7.5 ECTS.

    Examination support materials
    All aids are allowed in the term paper
    No aids are allowed in the written exam.
    Examination support materials at written examiniations are explained under examination information in the student portal @BI. Please note use of calculator and dictionary. https://at.bi.no/EN/Pages/Exa_Hjelpemidler-til-eksamen.aspx

    Re-sit examination
    A re-sit is held in connection with the next scheduled course. A re-ist is possible for one of the evaluation elements if necessary.

    Additional information