The ever-recurring salience of asymmetric federalism

The ever-recurring salience of asymmetric federalism

As I write these lines, discussions about asymmetric regionalism are at the top of the political agenda in Italy. Towards the end of the 17th parliamentary term, in 2017, the regional governments of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna initiated the procedure for obtaining greater autonomy – literally, ‘particular forms and conditions of autonomy’ – in a number of policy areas. Preliminary agreements were signed shortly before the Italian general election of 2018. The subsequent parliamentary term was dominated by a heated debate on the implementation of asymmetric regionalism.

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