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Federal Administrative Law Research Guide: Books in the Library

Resources for researching federal Administrative Law.

Books in the Library

This list presents a selection of items on this topic available at the UC Hastings Library. You can also browse the call number range KF5400 et seq.

Administrative Law: The Sources and Limits of Governmental Agency Power (Daniel L. Feldman, SAGE, 2016)

"This concise text examines the everyday challenges of administrative responsibilities and provides readers with a way to understand and manage the complicated mission that is governance. While avoiding technical legal language, it provides solid coverage of legal principles, and it keeps readers engaged with controversial discussion topics"--Unedited summary from book cover

Independent Agencies in the United States: Law, Structure, and Politics  (Marshall J. Breger, Oxford University Press, 2015)

"This book provides a full-length study of the structure and workings of federal independent regulatory agencies in the United States, focusing on traditional multimember agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the National Labor Relations Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission. It recognizes that the changing kaleidoscope of modern life has led Congress to create innovative and idiosyncratic administrative structures including government corporations, government-sponsored enterprises governance, public-private partnerships, systems for 'contracting out,' self-regulation, and incorporation by reference of private standards. In the process, Breger and Edles analyze the general conflict between political accountability and agency independence. "--Summary from book jacket 

A Guide to Judicial and Political Review of Federal Agencies (Michael E. Herz et al., eds., ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 2015, 2nd ed.)

Contents: Availability of judicial review / Harold H. Bruff -- Standing / William Funk -- Judicial review of statutory issues under the Chevron doctrine / Emily Hammond, Elizabeth Garrett, M. Elizabeth Magill -- The applicability of the Chevron doctrine : "Chevron step zero" / Steven Croley, Richard Murphy -- Judicial review of statutory issues outside of Chevron / Michael Herz -- Judicial review of nonstatutory legal issues / Harold J. Krent -- Judicial review of issues of fact / Ronald M. Levin, Jim Rossi -- Judicial review of agency discretion / Lisa Schultz Bressman, Glen Staszewski -- Ancillary issues concerning agency explanations / Harold J. Krent -- Judicial remedies / Ronald M. Levin -- Agency oversight by the political branches / William Funk -- A blackletter statement of federal administrative law (excerpts) 


Administrative Law  (Alfred C. Aman et al. West Academic Publishing, 2014, 3rd.)
"Sets forth a comprehensive analysis of administrative law in the United States. The authors address the new developments in the law of standing, congressional attempts to make agencies more accountable, and the continuing evolution of Chevron deference, among other issues. The fundamental purposes of this book are to assess and explain fundamental doctrines of administrative law, placing some of the most important aspects of those doctrines in a historical context, and setting forth the current state of the law." (


A Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking (Jeffrey S. Lubbers, ABA, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, c2012, 5th ed.)
"As procedures governing the rulemaking process have proliferated since the Administrative Procedure Act was enacted, the potential procedural pitfalls have multiplied. This 5th edition brings the Guide up-to-date with respect to recent cases and changes introduced during the 2nd term of Bush II Administration and the first 3 years of the Obama Administration." (


Administrative Law in the Political System (Warren, Kenneth, Westview Press, c2011, 5th ed.)
"Author Kenneth F. Warren explains the role of administrative law in shaping, guiding, and restricting the actions of administrative agencies. Providing comprehensive coverage, he examines the field not only from state and federal angles, but also from the varying perspectives of legislators, administrators, and the public." (book jacket)


Administrative Law and Practice (Charles H. Koch, West , c2010, 3rd ed.) | Online on Westlaw
"Provides advice, techniques, and tips on the procedures necessary for engaging federal and state agencies in all avenues of regulated conduct. This might involve judicial review of agency decisions or, ultimately, suing the federal or state government." (Thomson Reuters)


Administrative Law Treatise (Richard J. Pierce, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, c2010, 5th ed.)
"Frequently cited by the courts, this definitive three volume work provides analysis of the latest developments in the field and advice regarding government administrative action such as rulemaking, adjudication, or investigation". (Aspen)


Public Administration and Law  (David H. Rosenbloom, CRC Press, c2010, 3rd ed.)
"Analyzes how constitutional law regulates and informs the way administrators interact with each other and the public. Examining First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights as they pertain to these encounters. Explains how public administrators must do their jobs and how administrative systems must operate in order to comply with constitutional law." (CRC Press)


Rulemaking: How Government Agencies Write Law and Make Policy (Cornelius M. Kerwin & Scott R. Furlong, CQ Press, c2011, 4th ed.)
Contents: "The substance of rules and the reasons for rulemaking -- The process of rulemaking -- Issues and contradictions -- The management of rulemaking -- Participation in rulemaking -- Oversight of rulemaking -- Rulemaking : theories and reform proposals."


Understanding Law for Public Administration (Charles Szypszak, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, c2011.)
"Combines comprehensive legal information with analysis of instructive cases and practical advice... (and) clearly explains basic legal principles and addresses subjects most relevant to public management, such as property, contracts, employment, and torts." (JB Learning)