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1994

Columbia Law Review

Comparative and Foreign Law

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Taking Subsidiarity Seriously: Federalism In The European Community And The United States, George A. Bermann Jan 1994

Taking Subsidiarity Seriously: Federalism In The European Community And The United States, George A. Bermann

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For a principle that has dominated discussions of European federalism for over five years, subsidiarity has received surprisingly poor academic mention. Subsidiarity has been criticized as "inelegant . . .Eurospeak," "the epitome of confusion," and simple "gobbledegook." It has been described by some as nothing new and by others as quite novel and actually quite dangerous. The President of the Commission of the European Communities, said to be an enthusiast of subsidiarity, finds it used at times as an "alibi," and more specifically as "a fig leaf ... to conceal [an] unwillingness to honour the commitments which have already been endorsed." Despite subsidiarity ...