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Administrative Law in America

First of all, we have to understand what are administrative laws. They are not regular laws of the land, even though they can embrace the common law and other types of directives. The purpose of these laws is actually to regulate administrative agencies of the government, which are not exactly bound by the same rules as everyone else.  Administrative laws, therefore, can be seen as special circumstantial rules rather than regular laws the law-abiding citizen must keep in mind in order to have a day without unpleasant incidents.


Well then, since we established what are administrative laws we can now talk about their growth in America. It wasn’t a timid one.

The Growth and Development of Administrative Law:

Edward L. Metzler, on his 1935 essay The Growth and Development of Administrative Law states that legal institutions are outworn, and although he recognizes the American legal system tries to adapt itself to “meet great changes”, Metzler soon proceeds to the subject in question, and we learn that administrative laws have been developing since the 19th century and that they will continue in development, for the next section  of his essay is about the reasons from these kinds of laws that aren’t really laws, as we’ve seen above, to grow even more.

I will use only one of Metzler examples in order to clarify the alleged need for the administrative law. He says that, with the expansion of industry to the point where it came to dominate the economic life of people, government protection has been asked. Metzler seems to consider the regulation of railroads the prime example of that so-called government protection.


Therefore, United States of America’s administrative laws already have over a century of development and growth. Some important questions that remain are: Will it stop growing? Is the reduction of these rules even possible? Are the reductions desirable? Is the halt of the growth desirable?

The fact is it’s still growing, both in a number of agencies and activities and does not seem this scenario will see a real change anytime soon. Maybe minor changes, but not significant ones, not the kind of changes that could spread large waves of impact throughout the country and throughout its most immediate allies. It is worthy to note the immediate allies here since administrative laws are rules for agencies, so to speak, and it is not uncommon for agencies of friend countries to work together. As we can see, it isn’t reasonable to expect substantial changes on the terrain of administrative laws anytime soon. It would be easier for the denomination to be changed, instead of administrative laws, they would be called administrative rules.

For the ones who want to go deep into this, I’ll leave an obvious recommendation. Look on the web for the agencies of your country, research them, find their history and understand how they became what they are today. You will certainly be surprised with the power of some of these agencies, and with the numerous divisions, many of them had through the years. This could be a reward, g, though a little frightening, research.