Review of 'Tocqueville's Nightmare: The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940'
Forthcoming in Public Administration Review
6 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2014 Last revised: 12 Nov 2015
Date Written: July 14, 2014
Review of "Tocqueville's Nightmare" by Daniel Ernst: Modern introductions to administrative law can be dry and technical, because they must account for decades of modern statute and case law. By contrast, Tocqueville's Nightmare illustrates why it all matters. It shows vividly what was perceived to be at stake as the United States entered the age of regulation, and describes the fundamental ways in which law was adjusted to meet the new realities of government.
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