subsidiarity


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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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Decentralisation, autonomy and subsidiarity in Romanian political and administrative space
The principle of Subsidiarity is the basis for federalism.
Compliance with subsidiarity allows power to be exercised at the closest level to citizens, and the European Committee of the Regions acts as the guarantor of this principle.
With this symposium, we analyze and evaluate the place and role of subsidiarity as a political and legal norm in global governance.
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.
That separation, however, is a misreading of the Catholic understanding of subsidiarity, said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America.
Subsidiarity is thus "associated with three characteristics: pluralistic supply; freedom of consumer choice (via accreditation of competing providers and conferring purchasing power on users); and fiscal autonomy (based on coupons, vouchers and endowments, and tax exemptions and allowances)" (136-37).
The Polish parliament also issued a reasoned opinion, taking the view that the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity are not being respected.
Ryan argues that government aid is in fact a disservice to such folk, since it perpetuates their indolence, and it is on this cultural peg that he hangs his understanding of subsidiarity.
Subsidiarity is the idea that the government should not seek to supplant the natural role of the individual, the family, and the community.
It is apparent that interest in the potential of the principle of subsidiarity to resolve existent power asymmetries in intergovernmental relations has not emerged in an unproblematic policy context.
Lord Roper, chairman of the House of Lords European Union committee, said that the directive contradicted the principle of subsidiarity, which requires decisions to be made at a national level if possible.