The Principle of Subsidiarity as a Constitutional Principle in the EU and Canada
Les ateliers de l’éthique / The Ethics Forum, Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 2015, p. 89-106
19 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2016 Last revised: 20 Apr 2016
Date Written: December 13, 2015
A Principle of Subsidiarity regulates the allocation and/or use of authority within a political order where authority is dispersed between a centre and various sub-units. Section 1 sketches the role of such principle of subsidiarity in the EU, and some of its significance in Canada. Section 2 presents some conceptions of subsidiarity that indicate the range of alternatives. Section 3 considers some areas where such conceptions might add value to constitutional and political deliberations in Canada. Section 4 concludes with some reminders of crucial contested issues not fully resolved by appeals to subsidiarity alone, exemplified by the protection of human rights.
Keywords: subsidiarity, authority, european union, canada, human rights
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