Administrative Law for Public Managers

David H. Rosenbloom

Second Edition • August 5, 2014 • 240 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813348810 • $34.00 USD$43.99 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813348827 • $22.99 USD$22.99 CAN

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Administrative Law for Public Managers is an accessible and comprehensive guide to the fundamentals of administrative law—why we have administrative law, the constitutional constraints on public administration, and administrative law’s frameworks for rulemaking, adjudication, enforcement, transparency, and judicial and legislative review. Rosenbloom explains administrative law from the perspectives of administrative practice, emphasizing how various administrative law provisions promote their underlying goal of improving the fit between public administration and U.S. democratic-constitutionalism.

The second edition now includes more coverage of state administrative law, as well as an expanded discussion of judicial review. It has also been updated to include the major statutes, court cases, executive orders, and other major executive initiatives since 2003. The addition of discussion questions makes this an even more valuable resource for public administration classrooms and students.

David H. Rosenbloom is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at American University. A major contributor to the field and a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration, he has received numerous awards, including the Gaus Award for exemplary scholarship in political science and public administration, Waldo Award for outstanding contributions to the literature and leadership of public administration, Levine Award for excellence in public administration, and Brownlow Award for his book, Building a Legislative-Centered Public Administration. He edited Public Administration Review, co-edited the Policy Studies Journal, and is now on the editorial boards of about 20 academic journals.


  1. What Is Administrative Law?
  2. The Constitutional Context of American Public Administration
  3. Administrative Rulemaking
  4. Evidentiary Adjudication and Enforcement
  5. Transparency
  6. Judicial and Legislative Review of Administrative Action
  7. Staying Current


“Rosenbloom crafted a compelling narrative, which creates student interest in administrative law. Students like Administrative Law for Public Managers because it is straightforward and easy to understand. I teach a wide range of students—mid-level managers to students with no work experience—both are relieved that the content and examples are easily digestible. It’s an excellent book!”
Lorenda Ann Naylor, University of Baltimore

“This book presents a profound, as well as comprehensive knowledge base of administrative law.”
Public Administration Review

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