The actions of federal administrative agencies – rules, orders, licenses, loans, grants, contracts, and the like – have enormous effects on individuals and groups. Yet affected persons and groups are not always accorded the opportunity to participate in decision making procedures that affect them. Mr. Cramton argues that broadened public participation will improve administrative decisions and give them greater legitimacy and acceptance. After discussing the types of proceedings in which public participation is desirable and the limitations that should be placed upon it, Mr. Cramton evaluates various proposals for assuring the desired degree of public participation
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