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The Auxilium Model

  • Benjamen GussenEmail author


This chapter continues the analysis of the principle of subsidiarity from Chap.  6. The principle is presented as an extension of the fiduciary principle and as an operational form of the construct of social trust. It would not be hyperbolic to claim that legal systems are a footnote to the concept of (social) trust. An abundance of evidence comes from the evolution of the common law legal system. Even more evidence can be furnished from the sociological genesis of the law. The latter is what this chapter essays to provide. Through the auxilium model, based on what could be termed a theory of ‘legal sociology,’ the chapter provides a reconstruction of constitutional law and administrative law. In the former, the concept of trust accentuates the importance of the subsidiarity principle as a cornerstone for constitutional designs. The concept also illuminates the basis of judicial review as deriving from the fiduciary principle. An expectation of a unifying theory of public law renovates on this premise of trust. The auxilium model reconciles the dichotomy between power and trust by showing how power is largely based on the emergence of trust.


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  1. 1.School of LawSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

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