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Comparative Administrative Law

The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Law, eds. Mauro Bussani and Ugo Mattei, eds., Cambridge University Press, 145-170, 2012

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-115

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-115

27 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2012  

Francesca Bignami

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of comparative administrative law, with particular attention to European jurisdictions and the United States. The underlying conceptual similarity that serves to organize the comparative analysis is the purpose, common to these systems, of rendering public administration both capable and expert, on the one hand, and accountable to a variety of liberal democratic actors, on the other hand. The chapter first discusses what historically was the principal legal tool for achieving neutrality and expertise — the legal guarantees of civil service employment — together with national variations in the professionalization of administration. It then turns to three important types of accountability and the different institutions, rules, and procedures used to achieve these forms of accountability in the legal systems under consideration: the contestation of administrative action before the courts; the involvement of organized interests in administrative policymaking; and informal accountability to the general public through parliamentary ombudsmen and transparency guarantees.

Keywords: comparative law, administrative law

Suggested Citation

Bignami, Francesca, Comparative Administrative Law (2012). The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Law, eds. Mauro Bussani and Ugo Mattei, eds., Cambridge University Press, 145-170, 2012; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-115; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-115. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2171307

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