Monday, September 12, 2011

Okayama on the Judicialized Procedure of the Early ICC

Hioshi Okayama, Keio University, has posted The Interstate Commerce Commission and the Political Origins of a Judicialized Administrative State, which was a paper presented at the recently concluded annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.  Here is the abstract:
This paper seeks to explain why the US administrative process much resembles that of a court and, as a result, the administrative state as a whole is highly "judicialized." It does this by intensively analyzing the origins of the institutional form of the Interstate Commerce Commission, a prototypical and highly judicialized (quasi-judicial) administrative agency established in 1887. It is shown that, contrary to the prevailing assumption that the commission was modeled after existing railway commissions in and out of the United States, the ICC was designed to be a court-like administrative agency due to considerations on separation of powers and the rule of law. As the independent commissions later created were modeled after the ICC, the bulk of the key agencies constituting the core of the early administrative state turned out to be judicialized from the outset. This indicates that the transition from the early American state of "courts and parties" to the twentieth-century administrative state was a more gradual and nuanced one than has been suggested.