Keywords: Constitutional Reform; Parliament; Number of Parliamentarians; Referendum; Populism.
highlights how the constitutional amendment on the reduction of the number
of Italian parliamentarians has constituted an instrument for aggregating the
various political majorities of the XVIII legislature. Starting from the political
events that led to the approval of the reform, the paper investigates the
parliamentary works concerning the reform as well as the other constitutional
amendment bills presented during the legislature in question. The essay also
points out how the reduction of the number of parliamentarians plays the role
of «trailblazer» towards subsequent reform attempts. At the same time, the
paper underlines the way in which the reform could mark the beginning of a
season of «punctual and continuous» constitutional reforms (in the intentions
of the political forces), re-legitimating a political class to engage in constitutional
reform, after the referendum defeats of 2006 and of 2016.