Algorithm-assisted decision-making in the public sector: framing the issues using administrative law rules governing discretionary power

Oswald, Marion (2018) Algorithm-assisted decision-making in the public sector: framing the issues using administrative law rules governing discretionary power. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 376 (2128). p. 20170359. ISSN 1364-503X

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Abstract

This article considers some of the risks and challenges raised by the use of algorithm-assisted decision-making and predictive tools by the public sector. Alongside, it reviews a number of long-standing English administrative law rules designed to regulate the discretionary power of the state. The principles of administrative law are concerned with human decisions involved in the exercise of state power and discretion, thus offering a promising avenue for the regulation of the growing number of algorithm-assisted decisions within the public sector. This article attempts to re-frame key rules for the new algorithmic environment and argues that 'old' law - interpreted for a new context - can help guide lawyers, scientists and public sector practitioners alike when considering the development and deployment of new algorithmic tools. This article is part of a discussion meeting issue 'The growing ubiquity of algorithms in society: implications, impacts and innovations'.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2019 13:43
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 12:51
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40559

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