University of Chicago Law Review

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The Supreme Court's Due Process Calculus for Administrative Adjudication in Mathews v. Eldridge: Three Factors in Search of a Theory of Value


Jerry L. Mashaw


In this article, Professor Mashaw examines and criticizes the Supreme Court's most recent attempt, in Mathews v. Eldridge, to formulate a due process calculus for administrative adjudication. According to Mashaw the failure of the Eldridge calculus is its emphasis on questions of technique rather than on questions of value. The Court, he proposes, should be systematically concerned with the various alternative value theories that the due process clause reflects. Finally, Mashaw indicates the contribution that such concerns might have made to the Eldridge analysis and to due process review in general.