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Delegation to the Executive: Dilemmas and Institutional solutions

Bachelor's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SK1216
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Period: 1 October 2020 - 2 November 2020
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

The course describes the basic problems that comes with delegating the power to the executive power. Its starting point is in the so-called principal agent theory but also raises criticism to this approach. More specifically, the course wants to answer questions such as: What problems domes with delegation? In principle,what are the solutions? What can never be solved?

Particularly noted in the course, is the various ways in which power can be handed over to executives, as well as the consequences this will have for cooperation, efficiency and policy by studying institutions for power transfer in different countries. Both more rationalistic perspectives and more institutional and historical perspectives are used to understand how it looks in different countries as well as within supranational bodies such as the EU.

The primary aim of the course is to teach both rationalistic and institutional perspectives, compare them and apply the different theoretical perspectives to understand the causes and consequences of different ways of organizing delegation to the executive power.

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Course Syllabus


Requirements and Selection

Requirements: The requirement for admission is a minimum of 60 credits in social science, or equivalent. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 10 625 SEK
First payment: 10 625 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Studentcounsellor: Phone: +46 (31) 786 1189


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40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Sprängkullsgatan 19

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