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Constitutionalism, Legitimacy, and PowerNineteenth-Century Experiences$
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Kelly L Grotke and Markus J Prutsch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723059

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723059.001.0001

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State Building by Means of Constitution in the Italian Constitutional Monarchy

State Building by Means of Constitution in the Italian Constitutional Monarchy

(p.49) 3 State Building by Means of Constitution in the Italian Constitutional Monarchy
Constitutionalism, Legitimacy, and Power

Anna Gianna Manca

Oxford University Press

After some historical and methodological remarks on modern constitutions as anti-revolutionary devices (I), the author focuses at first on the anti-revolutionary aim intentionally subtended to the granting of Albertine Statute in 1848 (II), and then on the ‘objectively’ anti-revolutionary role performed in the two-year unification period (1859–1861) (III). While political and social revolution was been the main aim of modern written constitutions of the eighteenth century, when only constitutions seemed to be able to set a limit to revolution, nineteenth-century constitutions such as the Statuto Albertino or the Prussian constitution came to represent the only means of reforming the system, but by maintaining the monarchical form of state. In the final section (IV) the author tries to draw conclusions: from the plebiscites of 1859–1860 on, the Statuto Albertino was commonly identified with the constitutional monarchy of Victor Emmanuel II but continually decreased its potential to control practical policy

Keywords:   constitution, Italian unification, constitutional monarchy, Albertine Statute, liberalism

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