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subsidiarity

Line breaks: sub|sidi|ar¦ity
Pronunciation: /səbˌsɪdɪˈarɪti
 
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Definition of subsidiarity in English:

noun

[mass noun]
(In politics) the principle that a central authority should have a subsidiary function, performing only those tasks which cannot be performed at a more local level: [as modifier]: the Maastricht Treaty reasserts the rights of member nation states through the subsidiarity principle
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  • They have also applied the principle of subsidiarity to empower sub-national and not merely national governments vis-à-vis Brussels.
  • Social policy as embodied in the welfare state belongs, following the principle of subsidiarity, to the member states.
  • Most groups now also suggest localization and subsidiarity as key principles opposed to globalization.

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