April 2020, Year XII, n. 4
The Popular 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?
Matteo Ricci: The direct election of the Mayor and the two-round majority voting system is what has worked better. This way, citizens have begun to trust politics again, in the aftermath of the Tangentopoli scandal, through the First Citizens. The community is fully represented in the role of the Mayor. It isn’t so much a question of power, as of authoritativeness ...more
Matteo Ricci isn’t a mayor who just walked in off the street. He’s one of those old-school mayors, the ones who have politics in their blood, who have been fed on politics since adolescence, who have moved up through the ranks and learned the art of administrating public affairs on the field. Just take a quick look at Ricci’s CV: in secondary school he joined the youth organisation Left and Sinistra Giovanile (Young Socialists), then the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS) ...more