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The Principle of Subsidiarity

  • Benjamen GussenEmail author
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Abstract

After elaborating on the problem of scale in Chaps.  4,  5, and  6, this chapter looks at the principle of subsidiary, which is sometimes also referred to as spheres of sovereignty or hypotaxis. The principle provides a solution to the problem of scale by ensuring that decision-making is grounded as the local scale when possible. One particular strand of subsidiarity gives the city a prominent position as the seat of the local scale (as opposed to the individual). This chapter fleshes out the arguments for subsidiary and the role of the city in this organizational structure.

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  1. 1.School of LawSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

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