Issue no. 4 - 2016 October / December







Max Weber’s «Economy and Society. Law», by Werner Gephart and Siegfried Hermes

Aldo Sandulli, Luigi Capogrossi Colognesi and Massimo Luciani discuss the book entitled «Economy and Society. Law» by Max Weber, edited by Werner Gephart and Siegfried Hermes. The scholars address the most signi- ficant issues raised in this important work, under different points of view.

«The Longest Presidency», by Vincenzo Lippolis and Giulio M. Salerno

Gaetano Silvestri, Massimo Luciani and Beniamino Caravita discuss the book entitled «The Longest Presidency. The powers of the President and the Constitution», written by Vincenzo Lippolis and Giulio M. Salerno. The scholars address the most significant issues raised in this important work, in relation to the main features, the contribution to the unity of the


On the Spread of Constitutional Justice around the World. New Paradigms for Legal Comparison

Constitutional justice was born in the national context, in the United States two centuries ago (Marbury v. Madison, 1803) and in Austria a hundred years later («Oktoberverfassung», 1920). From there, it became a universal institution, applied in 164 countries of the world. Its origins are connected with a lack of confidence in democracy and the

Public Finances and Administration: «Controls» and «Bollino» of the Financial Administration

Few activities such as the «bollinatura» are covered with such a thick cloak of obscurity. Everyone knows that bollinatura exists; however, hardly anyone knows what it is. The aim of this article is – in addition to reconstruc- ting and analysing this peculiar legal topic – to demonstrate how this activity sheds light on a


The Prime Minister: an «Undefined» Position in the Italian Democratic State between the 1950s and 1980s

This essay focuses on a single topic with, however, several facets: what are the historical and political reasons for the constitutional weakness of the Prime Minister, the Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri, within such a precarious form of government? Why did this position remain devoid of strong constitutional powers? This «anomaly» is unique in Europe.

Transparency Taken Seriously: the Rules on Publication in the American Legal Order

The article analyzes the introduction and implementation of federal spen- ding transparency in the USA over the last decade (2006-2016). It uncovers the learning process focusing the implementation of transparency not only on the mere availability of existing information but also on information quality ensured by standardized datasets. In the concluding remarks the case of


2015 European Chronicles

The 2015 European Chronicles open with a short summary of the major political, economic and institutional events of the year. The main developments of the European integration process are then analysed. These developments are examined through the conclusions adopted by the meetings of the European Council, as well through the main EU legislative acts and

Book Review

Jens-Hinrich BINDER e Christos V. GORTSOS, The European Banking Union. A Compendium, Oxford, Baden-Baden, Beck, 2016, 368 p., ISBN: 9781509904532 e 9783848724017. (Rita Perez)

Sabino CASSESE (a cura di), Research Handbook on Global Administrative Law, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2016, 595 p., ISBN: 9781783478453. (Giulio Napolitano)

Gianluca SGUEO, Beyond Networks – Interlocutory Coalitions, the European and Global Legal Orders, Switzerland, Springer, 2016, 192 p., ISBN: 9783319288758. (Edoardo Chiti)

Paolo POMBENI, La questione costituzionale in Italia, Bologna, il Mulino, 2016, 376 p., ISBN: 9788815264329. (Sabino Cassese)

Carlo MOSCA, Il prefetto e l’unità nazionale, Napoli, Editoriale scientifica, 2016, 464 p., ISBN: 9788863428889. (Bernardo Giorgio Mattarella)

Angela FERRARI ZUMBINI, La regolazione amministrativa del contratto. Atti amministrativi conformativi dell’autonomia negoziale, Torino, Giappi- chelli, 2016, 366 p., ISBN: 9788892102262. (Aldo Sandulli)

Carlo FOCARELLI, Privacy. Proteggere i diritti fondamentali oggi, Bologna, il Mulino, 2015, 208, ISBN: 9788815259370. (Bruno Carotti)
Note bibliografiche

A cura di Edoardo Chiti, Rita Perez, Giulio Vesperini

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