An Equilibrium-Adjustment Theory of Current Trends in Administrative Law

This essay began as a response to claims that the argument that Chevron encourages congressional inaction has been refuted by the best available evidence. That Chevron causes such inaction is one of the arguments made by petitioners in Loper Bright. Leading scholars reject the argument. For instance, Chris Walker has called it one of the “least persuasive points” made at oral argument and Jim Speta has called it “empirically untrue.” Last year, Nicholas Bednar had a very good essay at Notice & Comment arguing that whether Chevron in fact has this effect is an empirical question. He went on to review literature related to (his framing of) this question and concluded by finding that the claim is unsupported and suggesting that its proponents lack candor.

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