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In this new edition, author Steven J. Cann once again enlivens the topic of United States administrative law through the use of recent and “classic” legal cases to make it accessible and interesting to students. Administrative Law, Fourth Edition is an engaging casebook that presents a unique problem-solving framework that contrasts democracy with the administrative state. This novel approach places the often complex subject matter of U.S. administrative law into a more comprehensible context. The Fourth Edition has been completely updated and revised and includes many new cases to reflect changes in the law since the year 2000. Each chapter begins with an interesting case that introduces key concepts followed by a summary of the principles, doctrines, and legal tests used by the courts in that area of administrative law.

New cases in the Fourth Edition include: Norton v. Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, 2004. President Bush's Secretary of Interior made a decision to allow off-road vehicles in wilderness areas.; Pennsylvania State Police v. Suders, 2004. This is the Supreme Court's most recent sexual harassment case.; Correctional Services Corporation v. Malesko, 2001. Correctional Services Corporation is a private company that contracts with the federal government to run halfway houses. An employee's reckless disregard caused the plaintiff to have another heart attack.; Whitman v. American Trucking Association, 2001. The case involves the EPA's enforcement of the Clean Air Act and is the Supreme Court's most recent delegation of power case.

Administrative Law is an essential tool for those seeking to understand, or obliged to work within, its general principles. It is an excellent textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying administrative law in departments of political science and public administration.

Legislative Control of Bureaucracy
Legislative control of bureaucracy

In Chapter 1, you were introduced to the concept of the administrative state. That is, we live in a political system where many significant policy decisions are made by bureaucrats applying expertise rather than by elected representatives who stand accountable to the public for the decisions. This raises potential problems for the state of our democracy. If no elected body or official can control or be held accountable for the bureaucratic policies, then can we say we live in a democracy? You have started to get a feel for the kinds of policies made by bureaucrats. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set stiffer air quality standards, the Department of Energy (DOE) adopted minimum energy efficiency standards for home ...

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