Subsidiarity: The “Other” Ground for Limited Government

Christopher Wolfe, Subsidiarity: The “Other” Ground for Limited Government, in Catholicism, Liberalism, and Communitarianism: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the Moral Foundations of Democracy 81-96 (Grasso, Bradley, and Hunt eds., 1995).

From the review written by Charles J. Reid, Jr. in the Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 16, No. 2 (2001), pp. 793-796 (review on p. 794): Christopher Wolfe, in Subsidiarity: The ‘Other’ Ground of Limited Government, questions the soundness of Lockean/libertarian notions of limited government and proposes the Catholic idea of subsidiarity—the principle that centralized power should not take from smaller associations those tasks that can be performed by the smaller groups—can provide a more satisfactory grounding for theories of governmental restraint.

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