Giacinto della Cananea
The End Of (Symmetric) Bicameralism Or A Novus Ordo?
1. The Past of Constitutional Reforms in Italy: a Sketch
Too often books on constitutional and public law, in Italy, have been for the most part content to describe in a more or less accurate and dispassionate detail institutions whose merits may be, to say the least, debatable. While the years that preceded and followed the entry into force of the new Constitution (1948) were characterized by critical analyses, mainly written by those – such as Luigi Einaudi and Costantino Mortati - who took part in its drafting and were unhappy with some of its parts, the following decades were – despite some significant exceptions – mainly years of self-satisfaction. Only during the 1970’s did the problems of good governance become evident. They were analyzed by a strand of literature, in law and political science, that did not hesitate to use terms such as “crisis” and “great reform”. However, most textbooks and other formalized descriptions of the constitutional framework continued to neglect the pros and cons of our main political institutions.