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x, 419 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Recovering American administrative law
  • Pragmatic state-building
  • "To see that the laws are faithfully executed": managerial and hierarchical control in the early republic
  • Legal accountability: the common law model
  • Federalist state-building meets Republican small-state ideology
  • Administering the embargo: an exercise in regulatory hubris
  • Bureaucratizing land
  • Democracy and administration
  • The bank war and sub-treasury system
  • Democracy, office, and the reform of administrative organization
  • Regulating steamboats
  • The administrative constitution of "The Democracy"
  • Nation, state, and administration in the gilded age
  • Mass administrative adjudication: case studies in the development of internal administrative law
  • The administrative Constitution: then and now.
This groundbreaking book is the first to look at administration and administrative law in the earliest days of the American republic. Contrary to conventional understandings, Mashaw demonstrates that from the very beginning of the republic Congress delegated vast discretion to administrative officials and armed them with extrajudicial adjudicatory, rulemaking, and enforcement authority. The legislative and administrative practices of the U.S. Constitution's first century created an administrative constitution hardly hinted at in its formal text. Beyond describing a history that has previously gone largely unexamined, this book, in the author's words, will "demonstrate that there has been no precipitous fall from a historical position of separation-of-powers grace to a position of compromise; there is not a new administrative constitution whose legitimacy should be understood as not only contestable but deeply problematic".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300172300 20160608
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-680-01