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Eight Things Americans Can't Figure Out About Controlling Administrative Power

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dc.contributor.author Murphy, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-31T15:46:19Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-31T15:46:19Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation 61 Admin. L. Rev. 5 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/1326
dc.description Co-author: Sidney A. Shapiro en_US
dc.description.abstract Administrative law is difficult because it reflects a tension between two fundamental impulses that pull in opposite directions. Effective government requires the allocation of discretionary power to agency officials, but for agency governance to be legitimate, administrative law must find ways to mediate this power, but not too much, robbing agencies of their effectiveness. We assume that other polities face similar difficulties and that the project of comparative administrative law therefore may suggest how to clarify and reform American administrative law. Written for a comparative administrative law conference, this Essay tries to advance cross-understanding by discussing issues of American administrative law that have been especially troublesome and contentious. Our discussion of eight things Americans cannot figure out about controlling administrative power leads us to conclude: (a) it is not clear which elected branch is in charge; (b) efforts to democratize policy formation are deeply problematic; and (c) administrative policy is hopelessly conflicted with regard to the scope of judicial power to tell agencies what to do.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Administrative Law Review
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dc.relation.uri http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1162872
dc.subject Administrative law en_US
dc.subject Administrative Procedure Act
dc.title Eight Things Americans Can't Figure Out About Controlling Administrative Power en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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