The Limited Modesty of Subsidiarity

18 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2005

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Nicholas W. Barber

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

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This paper provides an account of the European principle of subsidiarity that presents it as a principle of democratic structuring: engaging both with the allocation of powers to existing democratic institutions and with the creation of new democratic institutions. In the process of discussing the European principle, a contrast is drawn with the Catholic principle of subsidiarity and with the rival doctrine of national self-determination. It is argued that the European principle is a central part of the Union's constitutional identity, and, as such, crucial to an understanding of the European project.

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Barber, Nicholas W., The Limited Modesty of Subsidiarity. European Law Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 308-325, May 2005, Available at SSRN:

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