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James E. Fleming and Jacob T Levy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479868858

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479868858.001.0001

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Subsidiarity and Robustness: Building the Adaptive Efficiency of Federal Systems

Subsidiarity and Robustness: Building the Adaptive Efficiency of Federal Systems

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(p.231) 8 Subsidiarity and Robustness: Building the Adaptive Efficiency of Federal Systems
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Federalism and Subsidiarity
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Jenna Bednar

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479868858.003.0008

This chapter explains how subsidiarity boosts the adaptive efficiency of federal systems. The process of adaptation involves pushing federalism's boundaries in search of improved national-state balance as well as selecting beneficial changes and rejecting harmful ones, a job that requires a set of diverse, complementary safeguards. This chapter first describes the model of federal robustness before discussing the two roles of subsidiarity: policy subsidiarity and safeguard subsidiarity. It then considers how policy subsidiarity and safeguard subsidiarity each contributes to the process of constitutional adaptation and the robustness of federal systems. It highlights two key aspects of adaptation where the contribution of subsidiarity is evident: experimentation and selection.

Keywords:   subsidiarity, adaptive efficiency, federal systems, federalism, federal robustness, policy subsidiarity, safeguard subsidiarity, constitutional adaptation, experimentation, selection

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