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Reasoned Administration and Democratic Legitimacy

How Administrative Law Supports Democratic Government

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Reasoned Administration and Democratic Legitimacy: How Administrative Law Supports Democratic Government explores the fundamental bases for the legitimacy of the modern administrative state. While some have argued that modern administrative states are a threat to liberty and at war with democratic governance, Jerry L. Mashaw demonstrates that in fact reasoned administration is more respectful of rights and equal citizenship and truer to democratic values than lawmaking by either courts or legislatures. His account features the law's demand for reason giving and reasonableness as the crucial criterion for the legality of administrative action. In an argument combining history, sociology, political theory and law, this book demonstrates how administrative law's demand for reasoned administration structures administrative decision-making, empowers actors within and outside the government, and supports a complex vision of democratic self-rule.

Product code: 9781108413114

ISBN 9781108413114
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW151xS16
No. Of Pages 210
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Modern government is administrative government. This book provides anyone with an interest in politics, law or public administration with a detailed account of how administrative governance works and how administrative law's emphasis on reason giving protects both respect for individual autonomy, the rule of law, and democratic legitimacy.