Of the two concepts mentioned in this volume’s title, federalism is the better known. Subsidiarity, with origins in Catholic social thought, has emerged more recently as something of a buzzword in both American politics and the legal framework of the European Union (EU). Both are principles for the allocation of authority among nested or related political entities. A sophisticated investigation into what the relationship is between subsidiarity and federalism is timely and much needed.

The word “and” in this volume’s title is a weak conjunction, though. Federalism and Subsidiarity advances no univocal characterization of the connection between federalism and subsidiarity as principles of political institutions. Rather, the essays inside explore the two topics sometimes in relation, sometimes in parallel, and sometimes in isolation from one another....

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