Regulatory Negotiation as a Form of Public Participation

Chapter · July 2011with16 Reads
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-011-0131-8_12
In book: Fairness and Competence in Citizen Participation, pp.223-237

    Abstract

    The growth of administrative power in the first two-thirds of this century posed a dilemma for democratic societies: How do
    they reconcile democratic process with the powers invested in non-elected administrative officials? A resort to administrative
    power to deal with the complex issues of modern society was almost inevitable. Legislatures simply lacked the capacity to
    develop the necessary technical expertise, establish the needed administrative routines, and concentrate the required attention
    on the narrow sets of issues that twentieth-century governments had to address — whether it was financial markets, food and
    drug safety, transportation, energy or environmental quality. Administrative agencies were an answer to one set of questions
    — of how to organize government to deal with the demands of modern society — but they raised an entirely new set of questions
    related to democratic control and accountability.