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 81)
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.


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]


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


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]


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]


  1. ^ "Domenico Fisichella". Corriere Della Sera. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Peggy Polk (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. ^ John Hooper (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. ^ Giuseppe Terranova (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. ^ Paolo Tripod (June 1998). "The National Alliance and the Evolution of the Italian Right". Contemporary Review. 272 (1589). Retrieved 1 September 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
Political offices
Preceded by
Alberto Ronchey
Italian Minister of Culture
Succeeded by
Antonio Paolucci