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Global Perspectives on Subsidiarity

  • Michelle Evans
  • Augusto Zimmermann


  • The first book specifically devoted to the principle of subsidiarity in all its facets

  • Brings together all the scholarship on the principle of subsidiarity in a single volume

  • Explores and develops new applications of subsidiarity

  • Has broad international focus, incorporating European Union Law as well as other countries such as Australia, Canada and the U.S.A


Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Michelle Evans, Augusto Zimmermann
    Pages 1-7
  3. Patrick McKinley Brennan
    Pages 29-47
  4. Jonathan Chaplin
    Pages 65-83
  5. Jürgen Bröhmer
    Pages 129-156
  6. Andreas Follesdal
    Pages 207-220
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-223

About this book


Global Perspectives on Subsidiarity is the first book of its kind exclusively devoted to the principle of subsidiarity. It sheds new light on the principle and explores and develops the many applications of the principle of subsidiarity.  The book provides a comprehensive overview of the principle in all its facets, from its philosophical origins in the writings of Aristotle and Aquinas, to its development in Catholic social doctrine, and its emergence as a key principle in European Union Law. This book explores the relationship between subsidiarity and concepts such as sphere sovereignty and social pluralism. It analyses subsidiarity in light of globalisation, federalism, democracy, individual rights and welfare, and discusses subsidiarity and the Australian, Brazilian and German Constitutions.​  


Philosophical Origins of Subsidiarity Subsidiarity Reform the Modern Welfare State? Subsidiarity and Catholic Social Theory Subsidiarity and Federalism Subsidiarity and Global Governance Subsidiarity and Social Pluralism Subsidiarity and the German Constitution Subsidiarity in Practice in the European Union Subsidiarity versus Sphere Sovereignty Subsidiarity, Democracy and Human Rights Subsidiarity, Democracy and Human rights

Editors and affiliations

  • Michelle Evans
    • 1
  • Augusto Zimmermann
    • 2
  1. 1.Curtin University Law SchoolBentley, PerthAustralia
  2. 2.Murdoch University School of LawPerthAustralia

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“Global Perspectives on Subsidiarity is a timely piece of literature on the topic of subsidiarity which has been gaining attention outside the circles of experts on federalism and EU law. … The volume should be praised for bringing together a wealth of analyses of subsidiarity and providing an overview of subsidiarity’s origins and destinies. … the book informs and inspires legal and political science scholarship on subsidiarity which has existed for centuries, or even millennia.” (Machiko Kanetake, International Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 13 (4), October, 2015)