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Democracy, Liberalism, and Discretion: The Political Puzzle of the Administrative State

Author: Stephen Turner

Published in: Reclaiming Liberalism

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Conventional accounts of liberal democracy tend to obscure a basic fact: the phenomenon of administration. The American reception of the administrative state was self-consciously imitative of Continental models of state bureaucracy, as a remedy for the ills of democratic politics, but construed as a means of saving democracy from itself, and from lawyers and legalism, in the name of efficiency. The means was discretionary power, unaccountable to the courts and to voters. Reconciling this to democracy proved a challenge, and continues to be one.

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Footnotes
1
The classic formulation of the narrow conception is Kelsen (1955), in the journal Ethics.
 
2
Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. 467 U.S. 837 Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. (No. 82-1005) Argued: February 29, 1984; Decided: June 25, 1984 [∗] https://​www.​law.​cornell.​edu/​supremecourt/​text/​467/​837
 
3
N. Haven, 456 U.S. at 521 (quoting United States v. Price, 383 U.S. 787, 801 (1966)). https://​supreme.​justia.​com/​cases/​federal/​us/​456/​512/​case.​html; see also Dickerson v. New Banner Inst. Inc., 460 U.S. 103, 118 (1983).
 
4
Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Adams, February 26, 1800. The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress: Series 1: General Correspondence. 1651 to 1827 (25,884). https://​www.​loc.​gov/​resource/​mtj1.​022_​0124_​0124/​?​st=​text
 
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Metadata
Title
Democracy, Liberalism, and Discretion: The Political Puzzle of the Administrative State
Author
Stephen Turner
Copyright Year
2020
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28760-3_2

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