The course deals with the theme of public intervention in the economy and the profound transformations that have affected the subject, mainly driven by European law. The relations between enterprises and public institutions are illustrated with a legal approach, with regard to the constitutional principles that guide economic relations, the structures of government of the economy, the organizational forms of public companies, and the regulatory and control powers, as they have emerged following the liberalization and privatization reforms of the main public utilities.
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The course is aimed at illustrating the fundamental notions, principles and procedures that characterise the legal and institutional context (national, European and global) in which private (and public) economic actors operate.
In this regard, the program is divided into four main modules, accompanied by some specific insights.
The first module presents the different types of interventions through which public institutions can influence the functioning of markets and economic and financial activities.
In the second module, the organizational structure (national, European and global) of the institutions whose tasks affect the functioning of the markets will be illustrated.
In the third module we will examine the legal instruments for intervention in, and regulation of, the market.
In the fourth module we will focus on the European single market and on the protection of competition.

Core Documentation

The adopted textbook is:
M. Bombardelli (a cura di), L'intervento amministrativo sui mercati. Appunti per le lezioni, Giappichelli, II edizione (ristampa aggiornata), 2023


Attendance, although not mandatory, is nevertheless recommended, as is active participation in class.

Type of evaluation

The final exam will consist of a written test, composed partly of open-ended questions, and partly of true or false and/or multiple choice questions. The written test may be structured differently for attending and non-attending students.