The new wave of populism that has emerged over the last five years in Europe and in the US urgently needs to be better understood in a comparative and historical context. Using Italy – including the experiment of a self-styled populist coalition government – as a case study, this book investigates how populists in power borrow, use and manipulate categories of constitutional theory and instruments of constitutional law. Giuseppe Martinico goes beyond treating constitutionalism and populism as purely antithetical to dive deeply into the impact of populism on the activity of some instruments of constitutional democracy, endeavoring to explore their role as possible fora of populist claims and targets of populist attacks. Most importantly, he points to ways in which constitutional democracies can channel populist claims without jeopardizing the legacy of post-World War II constitutionalism. This book is aimed at academics and practicing lawyers interested in populism and comparative constitutional law.
About the Speaker:
Giuseppe Martinico is Full Professor of Comparative Public law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa. Previously he worked as a Lecturer in Constitutional law and as an Associate Professor of Comparative Law in the same institution.
Prior to joining the Scuola Sant’Anna, he was García Pelayo Fellow at the Centro de EstudiosPoliticos y Constitucionales (CEPC), Madrid and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. Giuseppe got a PhD in Law from the Scuola Superiore Sant`Anna (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies), Pisa, Italy, where he also conducted two years of post-doctoral research. In Pisa he also serves as STALS Editor.
He has also held the position of visiting researcher at the University of Barcelona, Université de Montréal, University of Geneva, King’s College, London, and the Tilburg Institute of Comparative and Transnational Law (TICOM).