Subsidiarity Governance: Theoretical and Empirical Models by Alessandro Colombo (eds.)

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This is not to say that subsidiarity in its vertical dimensions has no broader substantive rationale. Rather, the decentralization that subsidiarity promotes can be an important stimulus to innovation. Decentralized structures foster experimentation by freeing local units from the often-deadening hand of highly centralized bureaucratic structures. Counterbalancing this, however, is the harsh reality that excessive decentralization and autonomy can work against the promotion of equity and basic rights.

4. P reserving S ubsidiarity in a Q uasi-M arket E nvironment : W hat C an B e D one? While there are tensions between the quasi-market and subsidiarity approaches, however, there are also ways to reduce them. But this requires positive actions and concerted strategies. Fortunately, the government of Lombardy has put in place a number of such actions but it does not yet seem to have formulated a clear strategy that takes account of the tensions between these two strands of its model and designed steps to reduce them.

New Concepts In the first place, a major feature distinguishing the Lombard approach to addressing public problems is its conceptual coherence. The government of Lombardy has embraced a long-standing concept of Catholic social doctrine around which to build its governing philosophy, though it has adapted this concept in ways that its originator might not easily recognize. The concept in question is the doctrine of subsidiarity first enunciated by Pope Pius IX in his 1931 encyclical Quadragesimo Anno.

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