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Politicized Judicial Review in Administrative Law: Three Improbable Responses

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dc.contributor.author Murphy, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-25T15:34:17Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-25T15:34:17Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation 19 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 319 (2011-2012). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/1932
dc.description Co-authored by Sidney A. Shapiro en_US
dc.description.abstract In administrative law, as elsewhere, empirical studies confirm that ideology affects judicial review of agency action to an alarming degree. After summarizing and analyzing empirical studies of judicial review in administrative law, this article proposes four models of judicial behavior that can explain the politicization of judging. While all four models are based on the literature, the article uniquely compares and contrasts them. Based on the models, the article then explores three improbable possibilities for ameliorating politicized judging. The first and least promising contemplates making administrative law clearer and more determinate, thereby depriving judges of the discretion necessary for political preferences to affect their decision-making. The second requires judges to discuss openly their political and policy preferences when explaining their administrative law decisions. The third possibility is the most plausible, least ambitious, and simplest: Require five-judge panels for a well-defined set of significant agency actions - e.g., legislative rules with significant economic effects promulgated through notice-and-comment. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Administrative Law en_US
dc.subject Judicial Review en_US
dc.subject Politicization en_US
dc.title Politicized Judicial Review in Administrative Law: Three Improbable Responses en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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