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6th Edition

Administrative Law in the Political System
Law, Politics, and Regulatory Policy

ISBN 9781138353824
Published August 21, 2019 by Routledge
424 Pages

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Book Description

Emphasizing that administrative law must be understood within the context of the political system, this core text combines a descriptive systems approach with a social science focus. Author Kenneth F. Warren explains the role of administrative law in shaping, guiding, and restricting the actions of administrative agencies. Providing comprehensive coverage, he examines the field not only from state and federal angles, but also from the varying perspectives of legislators, administrators, and the public.

Substantially revised, the sixth edition emphasizes current trends in administrative law, recent court decisions, and the impact the Trump administration has had on public administration and administrative law. Special attention is devoted to how the neo-conservative revival, strengthened by Trump appointments to the federal judiciary, have influenced the direction of administrative law and impacted the administrative state. Administrative Law in the Political System: Law, Politics, and Regulatory Policy, Sixth Edition is a comprehensive administrative law textbook written by a social scientist for social science students, especially upper division undergraduate and graduate students in political science, public administration, public management, and public policy and administration programs.

Table of Contents

1. Administrative Law: An Introduction

2. The Growth of Administrative Power and Its Impact on the American System

3. Legislative Attempts to Achieve Democratic Accountability in the Administrative Process

4. Protecting Administrators From Undue Interference and Harassment

5. Rulemaking and Ordermaking: Agencies As Quasi-Legistlative and Quasi-Judical Bodies

6. Agency Hearings; How Fair Are They?

7. Administering Public Policies: Discretionary Agency Actions

8. Judicial Review of Agency Behavior

9. Suing the Government and Its Administrators

10. An Administrative Law Challenge: Balancing Societal and Individual Rights When Executing Administrative Searches, Seizures, and Detentions

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Kenneth F. Warren is Professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University, United States, where he teaches and conducts research in the area of American politics. President of the Warren Poll for over two decades, he also conducts polls for the media, government, private clients, and politicians. He has served as a political analyst for local, national, and international media for 30 years, appearing in The New York Times, The Times (London), The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic, and on most major television networks.


"This extremely important and valuable book, now in its sixth edition, has stood the test of time. Professor Warren exquisitely explains U.S. administrative law in nontechnical terms while also demonstrating its central position in the American political system. The book is ideal for political science, public administration, and a variety of social science courses covering the legal dimensions of contemporary U.S. public management, policy, and democratic governance. No other book covers administrative law as part and parcel of the American political system as well or comprehensively as this text."

David Rosenbloom, American University, USA

"Ken Warren has produced another fine edition of a book that is already established as a landmark in the field.  Grounded in the sometimes-harsh realities of contemporary public management, the book and its author constantly remind the reader that the rule of law is the wellspring of our democracy. Professor Warren has carefully chosen the illustrative cases that end each chapter. The overall result is a sophisticated but accessible treatise that holds value for the seasoned scholar, as well the student being introduced to administrative law."

Cornelius Kerwin, American University, USA