Administrative Law: The U.S. and Beyond

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Administrative law constrains and directs the behavior of officials in the many governmental bodies in every country responsible for implementing legislation and handling governance responsibilities on a daily basis. This field of law consists of procedures for decision making by these administrative bodies, including rules about transparency and public participation. It also encompasses oversight practices provided by legislatures, courts, and elected executives. The way that administrative law affects the behavior of government officials holds important implications for the fulfillment of democratic principles as well as effective governance in society.

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International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences

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