Subsidiarity for a Changing Union

Research Handbook on Economics of European Union Law, 95-110 (Elgar, 2012)

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-52

27 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2012

See all articles by Emanuela Carbonara

Emanuela Carbonara

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Barbara Luppi

University of St. Thomas School of Law; Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) - Faculty of Business and Economics

Francesco Parisi

University of Minnesota - Law School; University of Bologna

Date Written: September 28, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: subsidiarity, centralization, devolution

JEL Classification: D70, H73, K33, P16

Suggested Citation

Carbonara, Emanuela and Luppi, Barbara and Parisi, Francesco, Subsidiarity for a Changing Union (September 28, 2012). Research Handbook on Economics of European Union Law, 95-110 (Elgar, 2012); Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-52. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2153959 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2153959

Emanuela Carbonara

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 2
Bologna, 40126
Italy
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Barbara Luppi (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas School of Law

2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
United States

Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) - Faculty of Business and Economics ( email )

Viale Berengario 51
41100 Modena, Modena 41100
Italy

Francesco Parisi

University of Minnesota - Law School ( email )

229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

University of Bologna ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 1
40126 Bologna, fc 47100
Italy

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