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Integrative subsidiarity as the principle of making better decisions: theoretical prerequisites and practical possibilities (on the example of experience of the European Union)
Pimenova Oxana

PhD in Law

Head of the department, Apparatus of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

117148, Russia, Moscow, Marshaka Savitskogo Street 24
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This article examines subsidiarity as the practical approach towards making better decisions within the systems of multilevel social control. Following the special procedure aimed at substantiating the need for decision making, the concerned parties are able not only express their argument, but also reach a consensus regarding the best one. The author appeals to the concept of integrative subsidiarity, which implies that in effective solution of social problems there is no point of restraining or benefiting the interference of one level of control into another; only parity interaction of concerned parties leads to making better, epistemologically substantiated solutions, based on the irresistible force of the most eloquent argument. The author conducts the analysis of three “yellow cards”, initiated within the framework of subsidiary control mechanism, which was introduced to the EU management practice for the first time. Special attention is given to the factors that helped reaching a consensus with the EU Commission regarding subsidiary objections. Using the method of historical discourse-analysis, the author determines the nature of the principle of subsidiarity its evolutionary trends, and views this nature contextually, from the perspective of suitability for solving particular issues. Although the subsidiary control mechanism does not empower the national parliaments to influence the final legislative solution of the European Union, the practical value of the mechanism is fairly high. Under certain circumstances, the subsidiary control mechanism can be an effective tool not only for the interinstitutional dialogue, but also for the responsible participation of member-states (through their national parliaments) and the European Union itself (through EU Commission) in making better legislative decisions.

Keywords: national parliaments, inter-institutional dialogue, European Union, subsidiarity control mechanism, responsible participation, mediating structure, system of multi-level management, integrative subsidiarity, green card, consensus



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