Enforcement & Agency Coercion


Beyond official rules and regulations, federal agencies sometimes exert influence through unofficial administrative tools. Wielded without the ordinary checks and balances of official actions that lawmakers put in place, these powers can be used to pressure individuals and companies to surrender their rights without due process. What are the real-world examples of agencies using coercive power to affect companies, employees, and consumers and how can these practices be avoided in the future?

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