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Marta Cartabia
The Italian Constitution As A Revolutionary Agreement
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In his recent book, Revolutionary Constitutions. Charismatic Leadership and the Rule of Law, Bruce Ackerman counts Italy among the successful examples of “revolutionary constitutionalism” of the XX century, along with France, India, South Africa, Poland, Israel and Iran. All these countries went through the “four-time” development that he describes as components of the revolutionary constitutionalism and were able to overcome times of crisis, establishing fairly solid constitutional regimes that have endured to the present day. This essay discusses the idea of revolution as the basis on which the Italian Constitution is founded. In fact, as for its relationship with the past, the Italian Constitution is undeniably a «never again» constitution: one that rejects the previous regime.

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