The past ten years have been particularly momentous ones in the development of American administrative law. It is, indeed, not too much to say that there are few, if any, aspects of that field which have not witnessed important changes during that time. It is for this reason that an analysis of administrative law developments during the past decade should prove useful. However valuable an annual survey of the law may be, it suffers from the shortness of the period which it covers. An analysis of developments during a decade enables a broader perspective to be obtained.

It will be the purpose of this article to present such a ten-year survey of American administrative law. Such a compendium must, of necessity, concentrate primarily upon federal law. It is hoped, however, that sufficient references to state law are included to preclude the assumption, which is usually made by students in this field, that federal administrative law is the only law worth considering on the subject.