Comparative administrative law and political structure

Paul Craig

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Comparative Administrative law is a difficult subject. It is necessary to steer a course between the assumption that all systems are singular, shaped by a plethora of distinctive features that are never replicated elsewhere; and the equally extreme assumption that differences are merely on the surface, such that if propositions are stated at a sufficiently abstract level, then there will be commonality between all systems. The ascription of cause and effect when considering the rationale for differences is equally challenging, and is the principal focus of this review article, which considers the strengths and weaknesses of a structural explanation for divergence in administrative law in different countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)946-965
Number of pages20
JournalOxford Journal of Legal Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Agencies
  • Courts
  • Government structure
  • Judicial review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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