SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
There have been presented in the preceding chapters an outline of the administrative system which has developed under the NRA and an analysis of the administrative procedures and problems. In the present chapter the more striking elements of the whole confusing complex are stated in summary form. In addition the forms and procedures are subjected to the test of certain criteria properly applicable to any extensive experiment in the field of administrative law making.
Under a very broad and indefinite grant of power, the NRA has been operated as an administrative, law-making, and adjudicating agency without effective legislative or executive control.
The attempt was made to achieve within a short period three radically different objectives: relief of unemployment through spreading work, promotion of recovery, and reforms and modifications of the competitive system. In order to facilitate the first two objectives, the NRA administrative organization and method were geared for speed in the production of codes. It was thought that, substantial recovery accomplished, machinery and method could be adapted to the requirements of efforts directed toward basic reform; and that the product could be adjusted wherever necessary to policy formulated on the basis of operating experience. Under pressure the range of subject matter covered by codes went far beyond the limited early objectives.