Pursuing the Common Good: How Solidarity and Subsidiarity Can Work Together

Fourteenth Plenary Session, 1-6 May 2008
Acta 14, eds Margaret S. Archer and Pierpaolo Donati
Vatican City, 2008
pp. 708
ISBN 978-88-86726-23-8


I. Subsidiarity, Solidarity and the Common Good


Margaret Archer | PASS President & Pierpaolo Donati | PASS Academician

The Fundamental Principles of Social Doctrine. The Issue of their Interpretation

Archbishop Roland Minnerath | PASS Academician

Comment: Solidarity and Subsidiarity as Parts of Justice and Agape/Charity

Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo | PASS Chancellor

The Coherence of the Four Basic Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine – An Interpretation

F. Russell Hittinger | PASS Academician


Diarmuid Martin

Don, solidarité et subsidiarité

Jacques T. Godbout

Conditions de possibilité d’une subsidiarité solidariste. Éléments d’une théorie de l’action

Alain Caillé

Comment: Entre la voix et la croix, le don et la donation

Frédéric Vandenberghe

Par Cum Pari. Notes on the Horizontality of Peer to Peer Relationships in the Context of the Verticality of a Hierarchy of Values

Michel Bauwens

II. Family and Education

The State and the Family in a Subsidiary Society

Pierpaolo Donati | PASS Academician

Comment: The State and the Family in a Subsidiary Society. Guidelines for a Subsidiary Family Policy

Manfred Spieker

Familie und Erziehung

Paul Kirchhof | PASS Academician

The German Initiative ‘Lokale Bündnisse für Familie’

Jan Schröder

Education, Subsidiarity and Solidarity: Past, Present and Future

Margaret Archer | PASS President

Subsidiarity in Chilean Education

Pedro Morandé | PASS Academician


Juan J. Llach | PASS Academician

A Global Education Program: The Case of Novos Alagados (Salvador Bahia, Brazil)

Alberto Piatti

III. Economy and Civil Society

Reciprocity, Civil Economy, Common Good

Stefano Zamagni

Comment: Is Reciprocity the Best Path for the Common Good?

José T. Raga | PASS Academician

The Economy of Communion

Luigino Bruni

Social Capital and Personal Identity

Partha S. Dasgupta | PASS Academician


Joseph E. Stiglitz | PASS Academician

Organizations Acting in a Subsidiary Way in Civil Society (The Case of the ‘Food Bank’)

Giorgio Vittadini

Microfinance – A Success Story of Solidarity and Subsidiarity: The State of the Art

Alfonso Prat-Gay

IV. Social Justice and the Common Good

Social Justice and the Common Good Within and Between Different Spheres of Society

Rafael Alvira


Rocco Buttiglione | PASS Academician

Round Table: Solidarity and Subsidiarity in International Relations

Lumière et ombres dans les rapports entre ONG et Organisations internationales

Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli | PASS Academician

The Idea of the Good Samaritan in International Human Rights Law

Angelika Nussberger | PASS Academician

Solidarity and Subsidiarity in International Relations

Vittorio Possenti | PASS Academician


Herbert Schambeck | PASS Academician

La solidarité et la subsidiarité dans les relations internationales

Louis Sabourin | PASS Academician

Solidarity, Cooperation and Development – An Outline

Krzysztof Skubiszewski | PASS Academician

Solidarity and Subsidiarity in International Relationships

Mina Ramirez | PASS Academician


Discovering the Relational Character of the Common Good

Pierpaolo Donati | PASS Academician


Comment to the texts presented by H.E. Msgr. Roland Minnerath and H.E. Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo

Herbert Schambeck | PASS Academician