Sara Menzinger

Exceptional advices: decision-making procedures in 13th century communal politics

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In communal Italy, the city councils turn very frequently to the legal advice of communal lawyers for political questions. The extraordinary diffusion of more or less restricted commissions of "sapientes", whose political intervention is not strictly ruled, seems to become the "exceptional" weapon against the institutional rigidity of the late 13th century city governments, in order to allow the steady political participation of groups not chosen according to the very rigorous electoral system.

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