• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Law, Policy Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ibi Losoncz
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2024
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This course examines the issue at the heart of regulation: who obeys the rules, who breaks them, why and with what impact? Students will be given the empirical and conceptual tools necessary to explore and analyse difficult questions such as: How does regulating for compliance ensure sustainability, health, safety and justice? What does empirical research tell us about how to design for compliance? What are the consequences of non-compliance -- or defiance -- for different demographics and actors, and why? How can effective resistance create desirable change? Drawing from political theory, sociology, criminology and social psychology, students will be introduced to a range of lenses and frameworks to understand individual and collective obedience and disobedience. Through current and historical case studies, including domains such as environment, tax systems, pandemics, social movement and social justice, students will learn how to apply these frameworks and approach compliance issues from a regulatory perspective. Students will have the option to choose and research in depth a domain or compliance issue of their own choice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand concepts related to compliance and defiance, with the ability to critically analyse them in a range of regulatory contexts
  2. Identify and evaluate designed systems of compliance and analyse their intended and unintended consequences
  3. Critically analyse governance and regulatory responses to defiance and resistance to different social groups and actors
  4. Conduct independent analysis that demonstrates scholarly engagement with the subject matter, developing ideas and analysis that are applicable across a range of policy domains

Indicative Assessment

  1. Active participation in class (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Oral presentation focussed on a contemporary or historical compliance case study (recorded) (25) [LO 3,4]
  3. Written report (as research essay or academic blog post or policy paper)(max 3000 words) (65) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Approximately 60 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Actual time required may vary with individual students.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Braithwaite, Valerie A. Defiance in taxation and governance: Resisting and dismissing authority in a democracy. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009.

Parker, Christine, and Vibeke Lehmann Nielsen. "Compliance: 14 questions." In Drahos, Peter. Regulatory theory: Foundations and applications. ANU Press, 2017: 217-232.

 Tyler, Tom R., and Heather J. Smith. "Social justice and social movements." (1995).

Ford, Cristie L. 2008. New Governance, Compliance, and Principles-Based Securities Regulation. American Business Law Journal 45(1): 1-60.

 Hutter, Bridget. 1997. Compliance: Regulation and Environment. Oxford UP.

May, Peter. 2005. Regulation and Compliance Motivations: Examining Different Approaches. Public Administration Review 65(1): 31-44.

Murphy, Kristina. 2016. Turning Defiance into Compliance with Procedural Justice: Understanding Reactions to Regulatory Encounters through Motivational Posturing. Regulation & Governance 10(1): 93-109.

Pearce, Frank, and Steve Tombs. 1990. Ideology, Hegemony, and Empiricism: Compliance Theories of Regulation. British Journal of Criminology 30(4): 423-443.

Short, Jodi L. "The politics of regulatory enforcement and compliance: Theorizing and operationalizing political influences." Regulation & Governance (2019).


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Unit value:
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3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $2040
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $3000
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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
5460 29 Apr 2024 10 May 2024 10 May 2024 14 Jun 2024 In Person View
5461 29 Apr 2024 10 May 2024 10 May 2024 14 Jun 2024 Online View

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