Reflections on Italian Parliamentary System

RIEV. Cuadernos, 6. The Making of Parliaments: 19th and 20th Century, Europe and America

Napoli, Mario di

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Donostia-San Sebastián

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In modern Italian history, the national Parliament has played a role other thanthe classical functions related to legislation and oversight. Parliament has been essentially a strong mean for the nation-building, the Parliament of the Kingdom of Italy, since1861, gave common laws and codes to the country, created a national railway network, amalgamated the ruling classes. The paper is directed to try an explanation of this misun-derstanding. In Italy, politics has been more a religious or ideological than a secular orpragmatic matter. This vision, however, has influenced more the intellectuals than the politicians that often have instead managed to agree on shared values.
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