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Administrative Proxies For Judicial Review: Building Legitimacy From The Inside-Out, David L. Markell, Emily Hammond Jan 2013

Administrative Proxies For Judicial Review: Building Legitimacy From The Inside-Out, David L. Markell, Emily Hammond

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Judicial review is considered an indispensable legitimizer of the administrative state. Not only is it a hallmark feature of the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”), but the various standards of review reinforce democratic norms, promote accountability, and act as a check against arbitrariness. Unreviewable agency actions, therefore, must find their legitimacy elsewhere. This article evaluates the promise of “inside-out” legitimacy as an alternative or complement to judicial review. We theorize, based on insights from the administrative law and procedural justice literatures, that administrative process design can do much to advance legitimacy without the need to rely on judicial review to check ...