Justice in the Digital State: Assessing the Next Revolution in Administrative Justice
Bristol University Press (Open Access), 2019
115 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 10, 2019
Administrative justice – the processes through which the state makes decisions about people and the avenues by which they can challenge those decisions – is increasingly affected by technology. Early attempts at ‘E-government’ now appear to be accelerating at speed towards the full emergence of the digital administrative state. This short book examines three very different ways in which the UK’s administrative justice system is changing due to the influence of technology: the increase in crowdfunded judicial reviews; the digitalisation of tribunals; and the adoption of ‘agile’ methodologies by civil servants tasked with building the administrative justice system. Taking a functional approach, this book sets out a framework for understanding and analysing the varied impacts of new technology on administrative justice, revolving around four central issues: evidence, politics, models and design. It argues that, while the growing role of technology should not make us lose sight of the fact that the essential character of government will remain a social, human endeavour, ensuring justice in the digital state is a task that requires us to both study closely the empirical consequences of technology and revisit, and maybe even abandon, existing frameworks for understanding how administrative justice operates.
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