Administrative Justice: A Demosprudential Fabric

  • Margaret DoyleEmail author
  • Nick O’Brien


This chapter expands the focus from the ombud to the wider administrative justice fabric and considers how the values of community, network and openness can contribute to a form of demosprudence that helps realise relational human rights in the small places of daily life. The importance of looking, listening and even ‘touching’ in that endeavour is acknowledged. The chapter reflects on the demosprudential implications for the practice of mediation, of tribunals and of public inquiries. It takes special educational needs as a case study in which the potential for interwoven networks between different administrative justice institutions is especially apparent. The chapter also considers the opportunities and challenges posed by technological innovation, digital design and the emergence of ‘super-complaints’.


Mediation Tribunals Public inquiries Super-complaints Digitalisation Participation Recognition 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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