“La riforma dei partiti in Italia” (Party reform in Italy)


In Italy, the debate over the bad forces in Italian politics only went so far as to point the finger at public financing, without acknowledging that this is only part of the problem. It takes courage to admit that abolishing public financing from politics will not address the crisis concerning party credibility. There are too many myths surrounding the issue. It is untrue, for example, that public party financing is unique to Italy, as every European democracy, apart from the United Kingdom, allocates funding to parties who must declare large amounts that are invested into their overall funds. What they fear most is not the annulment of public financing, but that it becomes subordinate to their legal recognition based on minimal democratic conditions, and the implementation of strict transparency measures and checks on performance. This does not mean that interventions should not be made on public funding, but they must be made in line with a larger and more coherent legislative framework that takes into consideration several different aspects, and is in accordance with the electoral reform.