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2nd Edition

Administrative Law for Public Managers

ISBN 9780813348810
Published December 17, 2013 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

This book focuses on the essentials that public managers should know about administrative law—why we have administrative law, the constitutional constraints on public administration, and administrative law’s frameworks for rulemaking, adjudication, enforcement, transparency, and judicial and legislative review. Rosenbloom views administrative law from the perspectives of administrative practice, rather than lawyering with an emphasis on how various administrative law provisions promote their underlying goal of improving the fit between public administration and U.S. democratic-constitutionalism. Organized around federal administrative law, the book explains the essentials of administrative law clearly and accurately, in non-technical terms, and with sufficient depth to provide readers with a sophisticated, lasting understanding of the subject matter.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Administrative Law?

2. The Constitutional Context of American Public Administration

3. Administrative Rulemaking

4. Evidentiary Adjudication and Enforcement

5. Transparency

6. Judicial and Legislative Review of Administrative Action

7. Staying Current


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David H. Rosenbloom is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at American University and specializes in constitutional-administrative law, administrative theory, history, reform and personnel management. A major contributor to the field and a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration, his numerous awards include the Gaus Award for exemplary scholarship in political science and public administration, Waldo Award for outstanding contributions to the literature and leadership of public administration, Levine Award for excellence in public administration and Brownlow Award for his book, BUILDING A LEGISLATIVE-CENTERED PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. He edited PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REVIEW, coedited the POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL and is now on the editorial boards of about 20 academic journals. An author or editor of over 300 scholarly publications, he frequently guest lectures at universities in the US and abroad.


"This book presents a profound, as well as comprehensive knowledge base of administrative law."

— Public Administration Review

"This book is a sophisticated and thorough treatment of administrative law for public managers, written by a legend in the field. It is written clearly and contains a trove of useful examples. It is a `must read' for anyone seriously interested in the subject."

— Rosemary O'Leary, Professor and Director, Ph.D. Program in Public Administration, The Maxwell School of Syracuse University

"The material in this text falls within a valuable 'middle range' between the laborious legal treatises that lose the practitioner graduate student of public administration, and the condensed legal summaries that fail to provide enough practical guidance. I had looked for a book like this one for many years, but hadn't found it— until now."

— Christine Reed, Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska, Omaha

"With the characteristic insight and sound judgment his readers have come to expect, David Rosenbloom provides a clear and concise exposition of administrative law firmly anchored in the American constitutional tradition. This splendid book should be required reading for serious students of public administration."

— John A. Rohr, Professor of Public Administration, Virginia Polytechnic Institute