Washington Law Review


A book with the depth and scope of Professor Jaffe's recently published work on judicial control of administrative action is not an easy one to review. While one is tempted to write a parallel work of commentary and criticism, such a task is beyond the scope of a review; anything less, however, seems light and superficial when put beside the work commented upon. Nevertheless, the following is offered for interested readers. Professor Jaffe's book was not written in the tradition of legal treatises which present a detailed, systematic, and tightly organized treatment of a subject. On the contrary, though he refers to the work as a treatise, the volume grew out of a number of separately published law review articles, supplemented by four new chapters. Although some integration of the articles has been accomplished, the total impression created is more that of a volume of provocative legal essays than of the structured and sometimes dogmatic presentation endemic to treatises. Revisions made in the articles previously published are of interest and of particular value in reflecting a judgment matured both by reconsideration and by a discerning receptiveness to criticisms directed at the previously stated views.

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