Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 25, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952637 | Print ISBN: 9780761923879 | Online ISBN: 9781412952637| Publisher:Sage Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Administrative Law and Agencies, Politics Of
Administrative law is that part of the law that determines the organization, powers, and duties of administrative agencies charged with implementing public policies enacted by the legislature or by the government in the exercise of its executive powers. Administrative agencies comprise government departments, executive agencies, and a plethora of other statutory bodies that provide benefits, services, and licenses or that regulate economic and social activities. Political science is one of the social science disciplines that can be used to study the law. As Martin Shapiro and Alec Stone Sweet argue, the political science analysis of legal institutions is the defining characteristic of a body of scholarship known as political jurisprudence. It shares with sociological jurisprudence the belief that law is an integral part of the social system, but it concentrates on the political aspects of the interaction between law and society and on the impact of law on the distribution ...