Too often administrative law is understood as involving a choice between limiting and empowering public administration (eg red light/green light theory). While administrative law is the law of public administration, there is little understanding of what public administration is, and more importantly what its competence is. Liz Fisher presents on overview of a book she has been working on with Sid Shapiro (Wake Forest) that argues for a reimagining of US administrative law by putting ideas of competence at the heart of the subject.