February 2020, Year XII, n. 2
Raffaello De Ruggieri
The Visionary Mayor
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?
Raffaello De Ruggieri: Mayors are split between two conditions. From a political standpoint, the Mayor is actually extraordinarily strong because the political life of the City Council is closely connected to that of the First Citizen: if the Mayor resigns, the Council is dissolved. This allows the Mayor to master and navigate the asperity inherent in normal political dialectic ...more
You must have heard of Raffaello De Ruggieri. At the very least, you must have come across him in newspapers in 2019, when Matera, his city, was the European Capital of Culture. De Ruggieri has been defined in many ways: a healthy carrier of social adrenalin, a visionary heretic inspired by the ideal of social profit, planning and development not only for Matera but for the entire Basilicata Region and all of Southern Italy ...more