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Is subsidiarity a conditio sine qua non for sustainability?

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This paper argues that subsidiarity is a condicio sine qua non for sustainability. Through the complexity paradigm, the paper provides a historical reconstruction of both concepts to the end of elucidating their interdependence. The main thesis is that subsidiarity to sustainability is what self-organisation is to emergence. The paper ends with a sketch of future global governance structures based on a subsidiarity where cities take the lead on sustainability.
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Keywords: Attractors; Spinoza; cities; collapse; complexity; emergence; self-organisation; stability; subsidiarity; sustainability

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Law and Justice, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia

Publication date: July 4, 2015

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