The Nondelegation Doctrine
Learn about the limitations on Congress's ability to delegate judicial and legislative functions to executive-branch administrative agencies.
Administrative agencies are located within the executive branch, but often perform functions traditionally associated with other branches of government. Agencies have the power to create regulations, which resembles legislating, and to interpret laws and adjudicate disputes, tasks usually assigned to the judiciary. The nondelegation doctrine concerns the extent to which Congress may permissibly delegate to agencies legislative and adjudicative powers.