Chevron Patterns in the Circuit Courts

4 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2018 Last revised: 9 Oct 2018

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Kent H. Barnett

University of Georgia School of Law

Christina L. Boyd

University of Georgia - School of Public and International Affairs

Christopher J. Walker

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: September 28, 2018

Abstract

Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. NRDC required courts to defer to federal agencies reasonable interpretation of ambiguous statutes that are administered through the agency. However, recently this “Chevron deference” has been called into question by the judiciary, the legal academy, and Congress. In this essay we briefly describe and highlight three of the most noteworthy findings from our empirical study of over 1,300 decisions of agency statutory interpretation (based on articles published in Chevron in the Circuit Courts, 116 Mich. L. Rev. 1 (2017) (Barnett and Walker); Chevron Step Two’s Domain, 93 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1441 (2018) (Barnett and Walker); The Politics of Selecting Chevron Deference, 15 J. Empirical L. Stud. 597 (2018) (Barnett, Boyd, and Walker); and Administrative Law’s Political Dynamics, 71 Vand. L. Rev. __ (2018) (Barnett, Boyd, and Walker).

Keywords: administrative law, Chevron, deference, statutory interpretation, ideological preferences, decisionmaking, standard of review

JEL Classification: K23, K49

Suggested Citation

Barnett, Kent Harris and Boyd, Christina L. and Walker, Christopher Jay, Chevron Patterns in the Circuit Courts (September 28, 2018). Admin. & Reg. L. News (2018); University of Georgia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-36; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 461. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3257041

Kent Harris Barnett (Contact Author)

University of Georgia School of Law ( email )

225 Herty Drive
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Christina L. Boyd

University of Georgia - School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

Christopher Jay Walker

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
614-247-1898 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.chrisjwalker.com

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