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Administrative Law in the Political System

5th Edition

By Kenneth F Warren


636 pages

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pub: 2010-08-03
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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 fifth edition features approximately one hundred new and current cases that place administrative law in the context of the Obama administration. Each chapter concludes with an edited exemplary case that highlights major themes and helps students understand important points made in the chapter. Using straightforward prose and avoiding unnecessary legal jargon, Administrative Law in the Political System, fifth edition provides students with an informed and accessible overview of a difficult subject matter.


Praise for previous editions:

"A gem. There is no better comprehensive administrative law text for students in MPA programs and political science courses." -- David H. Rosenbloom, Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, School of Public Affairs, American University

"A worthy successor to its illustrious predecessors…Well on its way to becoming a classic in the field of public administration." -- John A. Rohr, Ph.D., Center for Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

"A lucidly written and thorough guide to the subject…Well organized and presents clearly and completely the theories and practice of administrative law…An important contribution." -- The Honorable Michael A. Wolff, Supreme Court Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri

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: Agencies as Legislative Bodies
  6. The Public Policy Making Tug-of-WarBetween Rulemaking and Ordermaking
  7. Agency Hearings: How Fair Are They?
  8. Administering Public Policies Discretionary Agency Actions
  9. Judicial Review of Agency Behavior
  10. Suing the Government and its Administrators
  11. An Administrative Law Challenge:Balancing Societal and Individual Rights When Conducting Administrative Searches and Seizures



Case Index

Name Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Kenneth F. Warren is Professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University, USA, 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 thirty years, appearing in the New York Times, the London Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New Republic, and on most major television networks.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Legislative Branch
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General