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Controlling Administrative Power
An Historical Comparison

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  • Author: Peter Cane, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Date Published: March 2016
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2017
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316601501

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  • This wide-ranging comparative account of the legal regimes for controlling administrative power in England, the USA and Australia argues that differences and similarities between control regimes may be partly explained by the constitutional structures of the systems of government in which they are embedded. It applies social-scientific and historical methods to the comparative study of law and legal systems in a novel and innovative way, and combines accounts of long-term and large-scale patterns of power distribution with detailed analysis of features of administrative law and the administrative justice systems of three jurisdictions. It also proposes a new method of analysing systems of government based on two different models of the distribution of public power (diffusion and concentration), a model which proves more illuminating than traditional separation-of-powers analysis.

    • The wide-ranging comparison of administrative law in England, the USA and Australia will inform, stimulate and provoke scholars and students of administrative law and public administration
    • The hypothesis for explaining differences and similarities between regimes provides readers with an alternative to separation-of-powers theory
    • Uses social-scientific and historical methodologies in an innovative way to study law and legal systems comparatively
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'An important and original contribution to administrative law and comparative government in a simple and very clear style.' Susan Rose-Ackerman, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School and Yale Department of Political Science

    'Cane's greatest achievement in this book is his demonstration of extraordinary 'fluency' in the subtleties of the English, US and Australian systems of administrative law and governance. He is at his absolute best in comparative legal analysis, informed by a strong sense of the historical development of the administrative state in each country.' Peter L. Lindseth, Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law and Director, International Programs, School of Law, University of Connecticut

    'The book - which presents an extensive and detailed study - seeks to demonstrate the core thesis by discussion of the control regimes in three systems of government: Australia, the UK, and the US General historical accounts of the systems of government in each of these jurisdictions are set out, before the book goes on to look at various aspects of the control regimes (each of the chapters can be read as a free-standing work). The closing chapter offers some methodological reflections that arose from the author's experience of the project.' Joe Tomlinson, I-CONnect

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316601501
    • length: 603 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2017
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: concepts and methodology
    2. The English system of government
    3. The US system of government
    4. The Australian system of government
    5. The development and institutional structure of control regimes
    6. Administrative interpretation
    7. Administrative fact-finding and policy-making
    8. Administrative rule-making
    9. Administrative adjudication
    10. Private law controls
    11. Controlling information
    12. The new public management
    13. Controlling the controllers
    14. Concluding reflections on methodology and themes.

  • Author

    Peter Cane, Australian National University, Canberra
    Peter Cane is Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean (Research) at the ANU College of Law, Australian National University, Canberra. He has taught and researched administrative law for almost forty years, and is also well known for his research on the interface between public and private law.

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