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The Anatomy of Administrative Law

By: Joanna Bell
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Published: 28-05-2020
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 312
ISBN: 9781509925339
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About The Anatomy of Administrative Law

This book seeks to further our understanding of the nature of administrative law doctrine and adjudication. It has three main aims. The first is to improve understanding of administrative law's 'anatomy' by pulling the subject apart and exploring the nature of the legal structures at play in adjudication. In doing so, the book emphasises three main ways in which administrative law's anatomy is both complex and diverse, namely:

- administrative law doctrine interacts with a broad array of legislative frameworks;
- administrative law adjudication seeks to accommodate a variety of legal values; and,
- administrative law is concerned with legal relationships of different kinds.

The second aim is to illustrate the importance of recognising the complexity and variety of administrative law's anatomy in three particular doctrinal contexts: procedural review, legitimate expectations and standing.

The third and final aim is to raise an important but under-explored question: is it plausible and useful to attempt to make sense of administrative law doctrine by reference to a singular organising concept or principle?

The overarching message of the book is one of cynicism. The complexity and variety of administrative law's legal structures probably means that attempts to explain the field 'monistically', while they may capture important themes, will be unhelpfully reductionist. Ambitious and thought-provoking, this is an important new statement on administrative law.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
I. What is 'Administrative Law'?
II. The Book's Three Main Aims
III. The Trajectory of Argument: An Overview of the Book's Chapters
IV. Scope
V. Conclusion
2. The Development of Modern Administrative Law
I. Administrative Law's Modern History
II. Two Core Lessons
III. Conclusion
3. The Anatomy of Administrative Law
I. First Sense of Complexity and Variety: The Interrelationship of Administrative Law Doctrine and the Legislative Framework in the Background of the Case
II. Second Sense of Complexity and Variety: Administrative Law Protects an Array of Different Values, Purposes and Interests
III. Third Sense of Complexity and Variety: Administrative Law Adjudication Concerns Different Kinds of Legal Relationship
IV. Conclusion
4. Procedural Review
I. What is 'Procedural Review'?
II. The Evolution of Procedural Review
III. Why is it Proving Difficult to Develop an Overarching Account of Procedural Fairness?
IV. Do the Difficulties in Developing a General Account of Procedural Review Indicate a Lack of Structure
in Judicial Reasoning?
V. Conclusion
5. Legitimate Expectations
I. What is a 'Legitimate Expectations' Case?
II. The Development of Legitimate Expectations
III. Why is an Overarching Explanation of Legitimate Expectations Proving Elusive?
IV. Is the Law Characterised by Unpredictability, Incoherence and Lack of Judicial Restraint?
V. Conclusion
6. Standing
I. The Evolution of Standing
II. Why has a Singular Approach to Standing not Emerged?
III. How do the Courts Determine Whether an Applicant has a Sufficient Interest?
IV. Conclusion
7. Monism
I. Two Monistic Accounts of Administrative Law and their Deficiencies
II. The Appeals of Monism
III. Conclusion
8. Conclusion
I. The Three Main Aims of the Book Revisited
II. Practical Implications
III. Final Words


“This is an important book, with the grand ambition of persuading people not to search too hard for grand theories, and that works for me.” –  Mark Aronson, Australian Journal of Administrative Law

“A must-read for administrative law scholars, as it offers a highly practical way in which to understand the work carried out in administrative adjudication ... this book is highly recommended.” –  Richard Kirkham, University of Sheffield, UK Administrative Justice Institute Blog

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