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Agency Choice Of Policymaking Form, Elizabeth Magill Jan 2004

Agency Choice Of Policymaking Form, Elizabeth Magill

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An administrative agency delegated some task--protect the environment, assure the integrity of the securities markets, improve auto safety--might carry out that obligation by adopting a rule, bringing or deciding a case, or announcing its interpretation of the statute. Although agencies are unique institutions in this respect, this state of affairs generates little comment. This Article aims to rectify that by identifying, evaluating, and coming to terms with the phenomenon of agency choice of policymaking form. That phenomenon can be simply stated: The typical administrative agency is authorized to use a range of distinct policymaking forms to effectuate its statutory mandate …