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La difficile democrazia

  • Gustavo Zagrebelsky,

Democracy has become a magic word, a title of respectability that no state can now be without. This is because it defines the only political regime that can be presented as the organisation of a disinterested power, in which the governors can always claim that they are 'serving the people'. Despite this, even democracy cannot escape the 'iron law' of oligarchies of power forming despite the ideal of self-government by the people. This is where the complexity of democracy resides: in the inherent risk of being a regime of deceit and dissimulation. Hence, in more realistic terms, democracy is reduced to a continual labour of destruction of the oligarchies, in the precise awareness that every time an oligarchy is destroyed, another springs up in its place, composed of those who have destroyed the previous one.

  • Keywords:
  • Democrazia,
  • Diritto,
  • Diritto costituzionale,
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Gustavo Zagrebelsky

University of Turin, Italy

Gustavo Zagrebelsky, fromerly Presiding Judge of the Constitutional Court, is a professor of constitutional law at the University of Turin. He writes for the daily newspapers «la Repubblica» and «la Stampa». Among his latest works are L'esercizio della democrazia (with G. Napolitano, 2010) and Scambiarsi la veste. Stato e Chiesa al governo dell'uomo (2010).
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Book Title

La difficile democrazia

Authors

Gustavo Zagrebelsky

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

42

Publication Year

2010

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© 2010 Author(s)

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CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IT

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Publisher Name

Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-8453-986-1

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978-88-8453-989-2

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978-88-8453-986-1

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978-88-6453-219-6

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978-88-9273-697-9

Series Title

Lectio Magistralis

Series ISSN

2612-7725

Series E-ISSN

2704-5935

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