- Subsidiarity as a guiding principle for small-scale fisheries
- Book title
- World small-scale fisheries: contempary visions
- Pages (from-to)
- Delft: Eburon
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
Imagination is a key ingredient for governing fisheries, and the subsidiarity principle is one of its more interesting fruits. Born in the realm of political theory, it emphasizes the rights of lower units
vis-à-vis higher ones and the need to ‘build bias’ in decision-making. In line with others, such as Mathew (2005), we suggest applying subsidiarity to issues of scale and technology. The argument is that when small-scale fishers can do the job just as well (or better), they are given priority over large-scale fishers.
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