Issue no. 3 - 2015 July / September


Massimo Severo Giannini: the Constitutionalist

  The phrase «Massimo Severo Giannini as a constitutionalist» may refer to Giannini both as a constitutional jurist and as a protagonist of constitutional policy through various decades of the Italian Republic’s development. Given the vast field that these perspectives are likely to open, the author has chosen to limit his inquiry to the question

Giannini and the Preparation of the Constitution

  Massimo Severo Giannini was very active as a reformer, performing a key role in the preparation of the Constituent Assembly and the new Constitution, as well as in the design of the latter. His main actions concerned the reduction of the distance between the State and citizens, unicameralism, the stabilization of government, and the

Massimo Severo Giannini and the Industrial Democracy after World War II

  This article analyses a period of the professional and intellectual life of Massimo Severo Giannini that has received little attention from the literature, namely the year between the second half of 1946 and the first of 1947, during which Giannini served as head of the legislative office of the Minister of Industry (Roberto Morandi)

Giannini from the Pages of Newspapers: the Meltdown of the Institutional System and the Necessary Reforms

  This essay concerns the major press articles written by Massimo Severo Giannini from 1935 until the end of the twentieth century. The main topics dealt with by Giannini are considered: political and constitutional balances; public administrations and their dysfunctions; the civil service; necessary reforms. Although he prepared these articles for newspapers or magazines, Giannini

The Opinions of Massimo Severo Giannini: the Continuity with Science

  Examining Massimo Severo Giannini’s professional activity is a privileged perspective from which to analyse his approach and his methodology in studying legal phenomena, but also from which to examine the consistency and effectiveness of his principal scientific topics in further depth, such as the issue of the application of private law to public bodies

The Opinions of Massimo Severo Giannini: the Continuity with Science

  Between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with the multiplication of the State’s tasks, the financial needs relating to the organization of new public services led scholarship to question the traditional theory that considered tax law as a law of exception, launching a review of the basic principles that regulate the interpretation of financial law.

«Todo es peregrino y raro …»: Massimo Severo Giannini and Cultural Goods

  The article deals with Giannini’s contribution to the field of cultural property. First, it examines his works on the topic, especially the essay on cultural property written in 1975-1976. Second, it analyses the key role that he played in reforming the administration of cultural property. Thus, it is possible to identify the legacy of

The Discussed Calls to the Chair of Administrative Law (1948-1966)

  This article is the result of an immersion in the archives of the School of Law of the University of Rome «Sapienza», searching for the most significant moments in Massimo Severo Giannini’s teaching of administrative law at that University. From the beginning, this call would prove to be problematic and would open a protracted


2014 European Chronicles

  The 2014 European Chronicles open with a brief summary of the year’s major events (in particular, the European Parliament elections, the appointments of the President of the EU Commission, of the President of the European Council and of the High Representative; the developments regarding the banking union, the entry of Latvia in the Eurozone

Book Review

Opere di Sergio Berlinguer, Ho visto uccidere la Prima Repubblica. Alcune tra le pagine più delicate e oscure della nostra storia repubblicana raccontate da un testimone privilegiato (Guido Melis)
Isabella Zanni Rosiello, I donchisciotte del tavolino. Nei dintorni della burocrazia (Guido Melis)
Aldo Travi (a cura di), Colloquio sull’interesse legittimo (Atti del convegno in memoria di Umberto Pototschnig, Milano 19 aprile 2013 (Filippo Patroni Griffi)
Giuliano Amato, Le istituzioni della democrazia. Un viaggio lungo cinquant’anni (Marco D’Alberti)
John Micklethwait e Adrian Wooldridge, The Fourth Revolution, The Global Race to Reinvent the State (Gian Paolo Manzella)
Pasquale Annicchino, Esportare la libertà religiosa. Il Modello Americano nell’Arena Globale (Gianfranco Macrì)
Alessandro Natalini, Francesco Sarpi e Giulio Vesperini, L’analisi di impatto e gli altri strumenti per la qualità della regolazione. Annuario 2013 (Edoardo Chiti)
Christoph Graben warter e a., La coopération entre les Cours constitutionnelles en Europe. Situation actuelle et perspectives. XVIe Congrès de la Conférence des Cours  constitutionnelles européennes – The Cooperation of Constitutional Courts in Europe. Current Situation and Perspectives. XVIth Congress of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts – Die Kooperation der Verfassungsgerichte in Europa. Aktuelle Rahmenbedingungen und Perspektiven, XVI. Kongress der Konferenz der Europäischen Verfassungsgerichte (Umberto G. Zingales)
Pietro Masala, La tutela dei diritti sociali negli ordinamenti di tipo composto tra uniformità e differenziazione. Decentramento e diritti sociali in Italia, Germania e Spagna (Giorgio Mocavini)

News and Recent Events

The Annual Report of the Antitrust Authority to Parliament (Diego Agus)
Jurisdictional Administrative Guarantees in Germany (Hilde Caroli Casavola)
The European Parliament’s Report on Higher education in the EU (Fabio Di Cristina)
«The Big Bang of Transparency» (Barbara Neri)
The IRPA Report on Collaborators of Parliamentarians and Staff «involved» in Politics (Marco Mandato)
Two Conferences on «Corruption and Systemic Crisis» and «Surveys on Corruption in Public Procurement» (Matteo Pignatti)
A Meeting on the History of the IRI (Andrea Maria Altieri)