Legislative Delegation, the Unitary Presidency, and the Legitimacy of the Administrative State
10 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2013
Date Written: 2010
This essay focuses on the relationship between nondelegation doctrine and so-called unitary executive theory. It argues that, if the Supreme Court were to embrace unitary executive theory without, as is highly unlikely, tightening up on the nondelegation doctrine, the result would be a constitutional disaster in terms of reduced executive branch legal and political accountability. Increasing the legitimacy of the administrative state ought to involve more, not fewer mechanisms that subject the exercise of presidential power to effective checks and balances.
Keywords: delegation, administrative law, presidency, executive power, unitary executive, checks and balances
JEL Classification: K1, K23
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