Subsidiarity for a Changing Union
University of Bologna - Department of Economics
Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) - Faculty of Business and Economics; University of St. Thomas School of Law
University of Minnesota - Law School; University of Bologna
September 28, 2012
Research Handbook on Economics of European Union Law, 95-110 (Elgar, 2012)
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-52
In this paper, we develop an economic model of subsidiarity and discuss the ways in which this instrument should best be applied in the context of a changing European Union. The results suggest that the application of the subsidiarity test in the context of a union with growing membership requires both a prospective and retrospective analysis of the reallocation of competences between states and Union. Absent such a dynamic application, the instrument of subsidiarity could become an instrument of entrenched centralization, contrary to its historical origins and functional purpose.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: subsidiarity, centralization, devolution
JEL Classification: D70, H73, K33, P16working papers series
Date posted: October 11, 2012
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