Does administrative law inhibit good government?

Joe Tomlinson, Simon Halliday

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Administrative law, it might be said, suffers from both an image problem and an identity crisis.
From the perspective of members of the public, the prospect of relying upon administrative law
may seem remote and expensive,1 frequently turning out to be little more than a "hollow hope"
in terms of its capacity to produce meaningful change. Meanwhile, from the perspective of
government actors, administrative law–and the censorious judge peering over one’s shoulder–
is often said to seem too proximate, burdensome, and, increasingly, an impediment to good and
effective government. At times, it seems the only people with something positive to say about
administrative law are the administrative lawyers.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalEdinburgh Law Review
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Feb 2024


  • administrative law
  • government
  • ARIA act


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