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Informational Standing: Akins and Beyond

In the University of Pennsylvania Law Review

Posted: 19 Oct 1998  

Cass R. Sunstein

Harvard Law School; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)


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This Article discusses informational regulation and informational standing. It outlines the rise of informational regulation as an alternative to government command-and-control and offers a discussion of why and when information might be a good regulatory tool. It also shows how the grant of legal rights to information raises a host of novel standing issues, testing the notions of injury in fact, redressability, generalized grievances, and "arguably within the zone" of statutorily protected interests. Based on a detailed analysis of Federal Election Commission v. Akins, and lower court cases, it develops guidelines for standing in informational cases, recognizing that Congress can grant informational standing when it chooses, but that the redressability and "zone" limitations call for denials of standing in some contexts.

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Sunstein, Cass R., Informational Standing: Akins and Beyond. In the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Available at SSRN:

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