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Administrative law encompasses laws and legal principles governing the administration and regulation of government agencies both Federal and state Such agencies are delegated power by Congress or in the case of a state agency the state legislature to act as agents for the executive Generally administrative agencies are created to protect a public interest rather than to vindicate private rights So basically the administrative law is the way in which judges oversee the decisions of those who work in the administrative or executive branch of the government The question Who guards the guardians means if we set judges to protect us from bureaucrats how are we to protect ourselves from judges Its the duty of every citizen to watch and to evaluate the actions and policies of government they are supported in this mission by nongovernmental institutions news media or different interest groups But what are we watching for and how do we evaluate what we see What makes a government decision good or bad right or wrong Judges only decide what is lawful just or what is unlawful or unjust These questions depend on whether we believe that political life in general ought to be devoted to the satisfaction of individual preferences or the attainment of moral principles There is a link to moral and political philosophy in defining these preferences and principles Connected to the name of Jeremy Bentham we can talk about utilitarianism - that means that every act is to be judged by its consequences - how many benefits it will bring at what costs Utilitarianism is the greatest good of the greatest number theory Its connected with American democracy in which the people can express their preferences by election There is a polyarchical vision in pluralist political theory different interest groups that share a particular set of preferences are struggling for power - summating of group preferences in the way elections summated individual preferences The critical response to pluralism is
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