A Neoliberal Eclipse

  • Margaret DoyleEmail author
  • Nick O’Brien


This chapter examines the erosion of the social democratic foundations of administrative justice and human rights by a form of neoliberalism that prioritises individualism, market values and ‘business as usual’. The chapter highlights the dominance in human rights discourse of libertarian civil rights at the expense of relational social rights and the encroachment of the common law mentality on extra-judicial forms of administrative justice. It concludes that the prevailing framework for interpreting both administrative justice and human rights is shaped by the values of the individual ‘user’, ‘system’ and ‘closure’ to such an extent that there appears no alternative path available to either.


Legalism Individualism User System Closure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of EssexLondonUK
  2. 2.University of LiverpoolStockportUK

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