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Horizontal Dimension of Subsidiarity: Comments in the Context of Tadeusz Bigo’s Concept of Decentralization and Local Government

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subsidiarity   horizontal subsidiarity   decentralization   local government


A look at the subject matter of the subsidiarity principle through the prism of the research conducted by Professor Bigo on public law relationships as well as its results excellently expresses the coupling that occurs between the decentralisation and subsidiarity principles. These principles complement each other perfectly, pointing to a specific manner of exercising authority — based on the understanding of the public role citizens and institutions created by them may and should play in public life; authority which is able to share public tasks with private entities (citizens, their groupings or organizations established by them) and supports initiatives. Now, apart from the vertical set-up, the horizontal dimension of the subsidiarity principle is attributed with increasing importance. Its essence is to ensure such a way of performing public tasks that they are implemented to the greatest degree possible by civil society measures. Public authorities, including local government units, act in such a model as intermediaries between the citizens and the state. This means that a certain “division of labour” between the public and civil sectors must be created.

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ISSN 0524-4544




PAd P 101182 II



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