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Subsidiarity

In Catholic social justice theory, the idea that decisions should be made at the lowest feasible level of governance. That is, subsidiarity states that humans, while basically the same, sometimes have different needs and if possible should be able to solve their own problems without having solutions imposed upon them. This concept has been used to criticize socialism and state regulation more generally. See also: Solidarity.

subsidiarity

a principle enshrined in the MAASTRICHT TREATY which affirms that, wherever possible, decision-making in the EUROPEAN UNION (EU) should be ‘taken as close as possible to the citizens’ affected. This implies that matters affecting all member countries need to be resolved at an EU-wide level whereas matters affecting only an individual member country are best left to the member concerned. See SOCIAL CHAPTER, COMPETITION POLICY (EU).

subsidiarity

a term used in the context of the position of the EUROPEAN UNION (EU) authorities vis-à-vis individual member countries with regard to the locus of power and responsibilities in the application of central EU policies to member countries. For example, EU COMPETITION LAWS take precedence over the national competition laws of member countries. However, a subsidiarity provision can be invoked, which permits the competition authority of a member country to request permission from the EU Competition Directorate to investigate a particular dominant firm or merger case if it appears that the ‘European dimension’ is relatively minor compared to its purely local impact.
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Francis' increasingly insistent and deep critique of global economics and his stern warnings in "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" of the threats posed to the environment by unbridled capitalism and consumerism are bound to raise anew considerations of solidarity and subsidiarity.
The germ of the modern doctrine of subsidiarity is, then, in Thomas Aquinas.
Thus the book provides not only an insight into the practical dimensions of the Catholic concept of subsidiarity, but also a vision of governance that carries us beyond the false choice of self-help or reliance on government.
The principle of subsidiarity and the division of powers within the European Community.
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Unlike other approaches, this article will focus on how the principle of subsidiarity was adopted in Romanian public space and was used as an instrument of decentralisation of the administrative structures and a stimulus for the people to assume more civical responsibilities.
He said that current approaches will not lead to true and integral human development until charity, solidarity, subsidiarity, and reciprocity are integrated into the world through a change in man's heart.
The core constitutional provisions of the Treaty, such as the reference to 'economic activities' within the meaning of Article 2 EC and as interpreted by Walrave and Koch, or the principle of subsidiarity in Article 5 EC, are therefore to be taken functionally from provision to provision.
On the principle of 'subsidiarity': "We have a principle called subsidiarity, which means that the decisions should be made as close to where the actual process or issue is.
It added: "It is necessary that, in conformity with the principle of subsidiarity, member states have a European legal framework, which will allow them to exercise their competence in conformity with EU law.
The subsidiarity principle sustains the social state and its system based on performance and merit, but it equally underscores the gaps and limitations of state intervention inasmuch as the latter restricts the freedom of the citizens.