Romano Ferrari Zumbini

Turin in 1848-49 as a constitutional workshop: the spontaneous appearance of the vote of confidence in parliamentary practice

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Keywords: Constitutional Spontaneity; Parliamentarism in Italy; Votes of Confidence and No-Confidence; 19th-Century Constitutionalism; Government-Parliament Relationship.

The essay highlights the spontaneity as a source of constitutional law. Several institutions in Italian constitutional history have arisen without a specific legislation. This article focuses on the spontaneous development of the government formation process (during the first year of enforcement of the Statuto albertino) through its various stages: designation/ appointment of the President of the Council of Ministers, ensuing appointment of Ministers; (preventive, successive) vote of confidence of Parliament in the whole Government (even in secret session); vote of no-confidence in the Government or a single Minister.

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