Chevron v. NRDC: Administrative Law

Overview

In Chevron v. NRDC, the Supreme Court adopted what is known today as the Chevron Doctrine. This means the Court defers to an agency’s policy decisions, as well as to that agency’s determinations concerning the scope of its own power. Judicial deference to the administrative state—enabled by the congressional delegation of power—poses a serious threat to limited, constitutional government.

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Ronald J. Pestritto is the Charles and Lucia Shipley Professor in the American Constitution at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.