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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Subsidiarity

Isabel Feichtner

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 August 2019

Subject(s):
General principles of international law — Soft law — EC Law, relationship with international law — Treaties, application — Treaties, interpretation — Subsidiarity — EC Law

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In legal and political discourses subsidiarity most commonly refers to a principle which guides the allocation and exercise of public authority in systems of multi-level governance (see also International Governance ) . The subsidiarity principle expresses a preference for the allocation and exercise of governmental functions at the lowest level of governance. 2 The origins of subsidiarity are often traced back to Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, or Althusius. As a structural principle to guide the allocation and exercise of competences at different levels of a...
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