April 2019, Year XI, n. 4
The lobbyist Mayor for the Cities
Telos: Every time someone talks about the direct election of the Prime Minister, people use the very evocative expression “Mayor of Italy”. So, is it true that a Mayor has, in the administration of his or her own city, more power than the Prime Minister has today?
Antonio Decaro: It’s an interesting parallel, even though from a strictly legal and formal standpoint, it’s rather bold. I can talk about the experience – which has been extremely gratifying – I’ve had and am still having in these years as Mayor. And, also based on the sharing of experiences I’ve been especially enriched by since I’ve also been President of the association of municipalities, I don’t think it’s right to say that we Mayors have the same powers as a Prime Minister ...more
I decided – and I take full responsibility for it – to give to this interview for PRIMOPIANOSCALAc on the Mayor of Bari, Antonio Decaro, the following headline “The lobbiyst Mayor”.
I hope this isn’t taken wrong. For us here at Telos A&S, and for me in particular, seeing as I’ve been working in this profession for more than 25 years, it’s meant to be a compliment.
This idea wasn’t a coincidence; rather it was inspired by the interview with Decaro, third in the series focussing on Italian and foreign Mayors. Decaro argues that for the Mayor “such great responsibility doesn’t correspond to the same discretion in choice ...more