Domenico Fisichella

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Domenico Fisichella
Minister of Culture
In office
10 May 1994 – December 1994
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Alberto Ronchey
Personal details
Born (1935-09-15) 15 September 1935 (age 78)
Nationality Italian
Political party National Alliance

Domenico Fisichella (born 15 September 1935)[1] is an Italian academic and politician, who served as culture minister in the first cabinet of Silvio Berlusconi from 1994 to 1995.

Career[edit]

Fisichella taught political science at Sapienza University of Rome and the Luiss Business School.[2] He has been writing for Rome daily Il Tempo.[2]

He was a founding member of the right-wing National Alliance.[3][4] He was the constitutional advisor of Gianfranco Fini, the then leader of the party.[5][6] He was appointed minister of culture in the first cabinet of Silvio Berlusconi on 10 May 1994.[7] Fisichella replaced Alberto Ronchey in the post.[8] Fisichella's ministerial term ended in December 1994 when the cabinet resigned.[9]

In 1994, Fisichella became a member of the Italian senate and served there until 2008.[10] He became an independent senator[11] when he left the National Alliance in January 1996.[6] He served as the deputy speaker of the Italian senate for ten years.[10] After leaving politics, he continued to work at the University of Florence and Sapienza University of Rome and he is also a lecturer at Luiss University of Rome.[12]

Views[edit]

Fisichella was the ideologue of the National Alliance and a monarchist.[13]

Controversy[edit]

Although Fisichella is a distinguished and leading political scientist in the international academic circles, his appointment as culture minister led to serious concerns in the international press.[14]

Works[edit]

Fisichella is the author of several books, including Istituzioni politiche. Struttura e pensiero (1999); Denaro e democrazia. Dall’antica Grecia all’economia globale (2000); Politica e mutamento sociale (2002) and Elezioni e democrazia. Un’analisi comparata (2003).[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Domenico Fisichella". Corriere Della Sera. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Polk, Peggy (14 May 1994). "New Italy Leaders Prefer`Post-fascist' Label". Chicago Tribune (Rome). Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Carlo Ruzza; Stefano Fella (2009). Re-Inventing The Italian Right: Territorial Politics, Populism And 'post-fascism'. Routledge. p. 245. ISBN 978-0-415-34461-6. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Hooper, John (11 November 2004). "New gay row erupts in Italy". The Guardian (Rome). Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Peter Davies; Derek Lynch (29 August 2002). The Routledge Companion to Fascism and the Far Right. Routledge. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-203-99472-6. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Andrew Gumbel (30 January 1996). "Right wing prolongs Italy's political agony". The Independent. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "List of ministers in Italy's 53rd postwar government". Associated Press. 10 May 1994. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rome has a Show of Stolen Artworks to Highlight a Fight". The New York Times. 25 May 1994. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  9. ^ David Forgacs (1996). Italian Cultural Studies: An Introduction (Robert Lumley ed.). Oxford, England: OUP. p. 304. Retrieved 1 September 2013.   – via Questia (subscription required)
  10. ^ a b c "About Domenico Fisichella". ECPR Press. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Xuequan, Mu (24 January 2008). "Italian gov't looks set to collapse". Xinhua. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Terranova, Giuseppe (29 June 2012). "European neo-populism at the crossroads". West. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Patricia Clough (26 June 1994). "Right wing in Rome turns back the sundial: Greenaway spectacle banned". The Independent (Rome). Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Tripodi, Paolo (June 1998). "The National Alliance and the Evolution of the Italian Right". Contemporary Review 272 (1589). Retrieved 1 September 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)