Definition of subsidiarity in English:

subsidiarity

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’
    • ‘While religious leaders have the attention of politicians and the media, they must advance a comprehensive agenda for urban change informed by the principle of subsidiarity.’
    • ‘The Catholic principle of subsidiarity affirms an important role for the state, but also a crucial role for other societal institutions.’
    • ‘They have also applied the principle of subsidiarity to empower sub-national and not merely national governments vis-à-vis Brussels.’
    • ‘Thirdly, politicians and managers must rethink organisational roles, nurturing the principle of subsidiarity.’
    • ‘Whether greater collaboration and the implementation of the principle of subsidiarity may cause a further development of the church's teachings on these matters is beyond the scope of these reflections.’
    • ‘Power-sharing in most federal regimes is governed by the subsidiarity principle, with powers formally divided in a way that brings government as close to the citizen as possible.’
    • ‘Clearly, the principle of subsidiarity has little content under the draft constitution.’
    • ‘Most groups now also suggest localization and subsidiarity as key principles opposed to globalization.’
    • ‘In many respects, the development of international human rights is an example of the principle of subsidiarity - the international community only steps in when the State cannot or will not deal with the problem.’
    • ‘Two further measures are worthy of mention: EU citizenship and the principle of subsidiarity.’
    • ‘Social policy as embodied in the welfare state belongs, following the principle of subsidiarity, to the member states.’
    • ‘The principle of subsidiarity is strengthened.’
    • ‘According to the Maastricht Treaty, for areas that do not fall under the exclusive competence of the EU the subsidiarity principle should be applied.’
    • ‘The resolution must indicate the appropriate legal basis and be accompanied by detailed recommendations and must respect the principle of subsidiarity and the fundamental rights of citizens.’
    • ‘Associations that contribute to public welfare typically operate according to the principle of subsidiarity.’
    • ‘What is needed among the first steps to recovery is a vigorous defense of the principle of subsidiarity, according to which we understand that, for every important operation of society, authority should be held at the most local level.’
    • ‘And in the German and Dutch welfare systems - very different from Nordic social democracies - subsidiarity and sphere sovereignty paved the way.’
    • ‘How does all of this square with the principle of subsidiarity in the EU?’
    • ‘It runs counter to the principle of subsidiarity and the Commission neither has the legal right nor the resources to engage in this work.’
    • ‘However, this proposition sits uneasily with the principle of subsidiarity, and does not take into account the fact that national policies might pursue different goals from that of the Community.’

Pronunciation

subsidiarity

/səbˌsɪdɪˈarɪti/