The Constitutionality of U.S. Independent Agencies and Their Distinctive Features (article in Lithuanian)

Ieva Deviatnikovaitė


This article discusses how the position of independent regulatory agencies harmonizes with the doctrine of separation of powers, what the characteristic features of independent agencies are and how they can be distinguished from the executive agencies. There are several reasons why scholars who dedicate their interest to independent regulatory agencies usually start their research from the American experience. First, independent regulatory agencies are an American invention (the very first independent regulatory agency was created more than one hundred years ago). Second, the existence of U.S. independent agencies influences European countries’ public administration institutions system. Third, the knowledge of American independent agencies and of mechanisms of their functions can stimulate improvement of the pattern of independent agencies in a number of European countries.


the doctrine of separation of powers; administrative agency; independent regulatory agency; executive agency

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236