A Study on the Principle of Subsidiarity on the National Basic Livelihood Security Act

국민기초생활보장법상 보충성원리에 관한 연구

  • Received : 2009.01.29
  • Accepted : 2009.06.23
  • Published : 2009.08.31


The purpose of this study is to examine the legal attribute of subsidiarity principle on the National Basic Livelihood Security Act. The principle of subsidiarity is applied to the regulation for 'fundamental principle of benefits' on the National Basic Livelihood Security Act, therefore it functions as legal theory. However, due to its both positive and negative characteristics it becomes to be interpreted and applied in a different meaning depending on the normative characteristics of related laws. In brief, as the passive meaning of subsidiarity principle guarantees the freedom of civilian by limiting national power, it is reasonable in social control norm like criminal law. However, as nation's active role of intervention and support is required in order to protect basic standard of human life according to the principle of Social(welfare)State, the active meaning of subsidiarity principle is reasonable in Social Security law, especially in public assistance. Hence, the principle of subsidiarity on the National Basic Livelihood Security Act becomes to realize, justice, goal fitness and legal stability when it is operated by system with interpreting in an active meaning.


the National Basic Livelihood Security Act;the principle of subsidiarity;the right to have basic standard of human life;social justice