The Development of Administrative Law in the United Kingdom (1890– 1910)

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This chapter offers some reflections and thoughts on the evolution of nineteenth-century fin de siècle administrative law in the United Kingdom. The period 1890–1910 was a time of social, political, and economic change. Administrative power was expanding and there was a need for administrative law controls over the exercise of such power. The chapter examines the following principal themes: the dominant tradition of Diceyan constitutionalism and its reaction to the growth of administrative power; the development of judicial review by the courts; and the growth of non-judicial remedies in the form of tribunals. It is argued that the period between 1890 and 1910 was a formative one for both the administrative state and administrative law. Many of the developments in administrative law during this period still provide the key building blocks on which contemporary administrative law is based.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdministrative Justice Fin de siècle
Subtitle of host publicationEarly Judicial Standards of Administrative Conduct in Europe (1890-1910)
EditorsGiacinto della Cananea, Stefano Mannoni
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780198867562
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2021


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