In various European countries such as France, Italy, and the Netherlands, lawmakers have adopted legislation in order to deal with the consequences of the economic crisis. These laws contain provisions aimed at speeding up administrative decision making and judicial proceedings which have an impact on various provisions of general administrative law. Alongside the aim of facing the economic crisis, these measures aim to make administrative law more up-to-date and ensure it meets the needs of contemporary society.
However, acceleration measures concerning decision-making and judicial proceedings may clash with the need to preserve the quality of these proceedings. On the one hand, swift procedures can be considered to be one aspect of high-quality decision making. On the other hand, other aspects of quality such as public participation and the thorough consideration of all relevant aspects and interests, may be at risk when the speed of decision-making is the only focus of reforms.
Quality and Speed in Administrative Decision-Making: Tension or Balance? presents six national perspectives on these issues, together with a comparative overview comparing and contrasting national approaches with regards to finding a balance between the pace of proceedings and the quality of administrative and judicial decisions.
The book will be of interest to academics of European and comparative administrative law, as well as policy-makers at the national and European level.
Introduction (p. 1)
Quality and Speed in Administrative Decision-Making: A German Case Study (p. 3)
The Quest for Quality and Speed in Italian Administrative Law Or the Tale of some Elusive Targets (p. 21)
Quality and Speed in Administrative Decision-Making: A French Case Study (p. 57)
Planning for Major Infrastructure in England: Front-Loading Participation in the Interests of Efficiency (p. 83)
Quality and Speed in Judicial Procedures and Administrative Decision-Making: Environmental Permits in Sweden (p. 113)
Faster and Beter!? Decision-Maling in the Netherlands (p. 131)
Conclusions (p. 161)
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Prof. Dr. J. Smits (chair - Tilburg University, the Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. M. Faure (Maastricht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. E. Vos (Maastricht University, the Netherlands).