Internal review systems and administrative justice

Mullen, T. (2021) Internal review systems and administrative justice. In: Tomlinson, J., Thomas, R., Hertogh, M. and Kirkham, R. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Administrative Justice. Oxford University Press: New York, pp. 23-44. ISBN 9780190903084 (doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190903084.013.4)

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Internal review is a process whereby an administrative organization reconsiders its own decisions. The rationales typically offered for internal review are that it provides a means of challenging administrative decisions which is more accessible, quicker, and more cost-effective than external remedies such as appeals to tribunal and judicial review, and encourages improvement in the quality of initial decision-making in public administration. This chapter reviews the use made of internal review and evaluates the performance of several existing systems of internal review, concluding that they have failed to deliver the benefits claimed for them. Possible reasons for this failure are discussed and suggestions made as to what is required for internal review systems to achieve the aims to providing effective remedies for bad decisions and to contributing to improving initial decision-making.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mullen, Professor Tom
Authors: Mullen, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Oxford University Press 2022
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