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Preemption and Federal Administrative Law

5 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2009 Last revised: 19 Apr 2009

Brian D. Galle

Georgetown University Law Center

Mark Seidenfeld

Florida State University College of Law

Date Written: March 4, 2009


This is a condensed version of the authors' longer work, "Administrative Law's Federalism: Preemption, Non delegation, and Agencies at the Edge of Federal Power," Duke Law Journal, Vol. 57, p. 1933, 2008. It offers a short, accessible overview of our argument that (contra the apparent recent holding in Wyeth v. Levine) Congress should not be obliged clearly to delegate the power to preempt before an agency can exercise that power.

Keywords: preemption, presumption against preemption, federalism, clear statement rule, Gregory, Wyeth, Chevron, SWANCC

Suggested Citation

Galle, Brian D. and Seidenfeld, Mark, Preemption and Federal Administrative Law (March 4, 2009). Administrative & Regulatory Law News, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2009; FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 359. Available at SSRN:

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