The Origins of the Novice Administrative State
The earliest regulatory commissions substituted for juries, and like juries they were not supposed to be experts.
Although researchers have offered many reasons for the rise of the administrative state in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most have agreed that one reason was the desire of reformers and progressives to bring “experts” into government. New independent commissions would be isolated from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches and would allow experts to regulate businesses without political interference.
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Judge Glock is the director of research and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor at City Journal.
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