Chapter 1 introduces students to the field of administrative law, informing students that the main focus of administrative law is on procedural due process, as opposed to substantive due process. When making and implementing public policy, it is stressed that public administrators have the legal obligation to uphold procedural due process standards. In this chapter students are introduced to the nature of administrative law and its eclectic. Also, students are introduced to the approach used in this book; systems analysis. Great emphasis is placed on the reality that administrative law cannot really be understood outside of the context of the political system. Chapter 1 ends with a case that makes clear that politics plays a significant role in judicial decisions involving cases in administrative law.