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subsidiarity

1. (in the Roman Catholic Church) a principle of social doctrine that all social bodies exist for the sake of the individual so that what individuals are able to do, society should not take over, and what small societies can do, larger societies should not take over
2. (in political systems) the principle of devolving decisions to the lowest practical level
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Another political group, Actiunea Populara [Popular Action], assuming the Christian-democracy ideology, sustained in its program the principle of subsidiarity, which some members tried (hesitatingly) to practice (75) during their presence in the government in the framework of Conventia Democrata Romana [Romanian Democrat Convention].
This illustration proves that paragraph 31 of Meca-Medina works in reverse as well: The rules of sport bodies that do not fall under competition provisions on the basis of their insignificant effect are within the exclusive competence of the Member States in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity enshrined in Article 5 EC.
Inspired by the principle of subsidiarity, the state must create "situations favourable to the free exercise of economic activity." Inspired by the principle of solidarity, it must "establish limits for the autonomy of the parties in order to defend those who are weaker."
In the Roman Catholic Church the principle of subsidiarity first enunciated by Pius XI was further championed as a key principle of civil society by his successors; the first indication that it also applies within the Church was given by Pius XII in 1946.
Against this background, discussions on the application of the principle of subsidiarity and ways of developing and implementing policies at EU level should identify the best ways to contribute to European unity and cohesion.
Most important of all, the principle of subsidiarity must be self-evident in the federal charter itself.
Its centerpiece is an essay divided into three parts based on the classic method of applying Catholic social teaching--see, judge, act--that provides guidance for the application of the principle of subsidiarity in business management.
These countries should deal with the problems of poor regions on their own, Wohlgemuth suggested, which would serve the principle of subsidiarity.
Borg merely answered that he would apply the treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, along with the principle of subsidiarity.
He cites the important work of Catholic scholars informed by the principle of subsidiarity and the relation of subsidiarity to civil society, even while the "principle of catholicity" (xix) itself undergoes significant transformation as the church confronts globalization.
The principle of subsidiarity calls for a symbiotic partnership between corporation and community, wherein the corporations get what they want, but leave behind a well-developed community that is strong economically, providing for the dignity of each person while offering a renewable method of living.
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