Principle of Subsidiarity
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The principle of subsidiarity is a socio-ethical and political concept which is based on the idea that decisions should be made on the lowest possible level of an organizational hierarchy. If the lowest organizational level is not in a position, or objectively cannot make a decision, the authority is transferred to the first higher level. Principle of subsidiarity can be looked at as sort of a defense mechanism against interference of higher-level authorities in matters concerning smaller communities, private concerns, and individuals.
Description of the Principle of Subsidiarity
The name of the principle of subsidiarity is derived from a Latin word subsidium, meaning help, relief, or reinforcement. This word was used for units in the Roman army who were tasked to give support to the central fighting units if the first line needed it (Thorne 2011). The principle of subsidiarity is a prominent principle of social ethics and is found in the Catholic social teaching and is...
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