Nando Dalla Chiesa

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Nando Dalla Chiesa
Nando Dalla Chiesa.jpg
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
23 April 1992 – 14 April 1994
In office
9 May 1996 – 29 May 2001
Member of the Senate
In office
29 May 2001 – 27 April 2006
Personal details
Fernando Dalla Chiesa

(1949-11-03) 3 November 1949 (age 69)
Florence, Italy
Political partyLR (1992-1994)
Dem (1998-2002)
DL (2002-2007)
PD (since 2007)
Alma materBocconi University
OccupationAccademic, politician, writer

Fernando Dalla Chiesa known as Nando (born 3 November 1949) is an Italian accademic and politician, honorary president of Libera[1], former Deputy and Senator.


Dalla Chiesa is the son of general Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, notable for campaigning against terrorism, and brother of TV presenter Rita Dalla Chiesa and journalist and politician Simona Dalla Chiesa.

Dalla Chiesa graduated in Economy at the Bocconi University in Milan and became an University professor of Sociology of organized crime, Business management and communication and Sociology of the organization at the University of Milan.[2] He is as well honorary president of Luigi Ciotti's Libera association.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 1992, Dalla Chiesa joined Leoluca Orlando's new-born left-wing party The Network, with which he is elected at the Chamber of Deputies in occasion of the 1992 general election.[4]

In 1993, in the local elections of that year, Dalla Chiesa ran for the office of Mayor of Milan, supported by his party, by the Democratic Party of the Left, the Communist Refoundation Party and the Federation of the Greens. Dalla Chiesa manages to reach the runoff, but is defeated by the Northern League candidate Marco Formentini.[5]

Dalla Chiesa is not re-elected at the Chamber in the 1994 election and decides to leave The Network.[6] He manages to return to the Chamber of Deputies in the 1996 election, getting elected with the support of The Olive Tree coalition.

When in 1998 the D'Alema I Cabinet swore in, Dalla Chiesa refrained from voting for trust since the government was supported also by Francesco Cossiga with whom Dalla Chiesa had a bad relationship, since he accused the former President of Italy of raising many malevolences against his father when Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa was Prefect in Palermo.[7][8]

In 2000 he became the coordinator in Lombardy of Arturo Parisi's The Democrats and in the 2001 election Dalla Chiesa is elected to the Senate.[9] In 2002, The Democrats and the Italian People's Party converged into The Daisy.

Dalla Chiesa didn't run again for a parliamentary seat in the 2006 election, but after the win of The Union he is appointed Undersecretary for Universities and Scientific Research in the Prodi II Cabinet.[10] In 2007, Dalla Chiesa has been a member of the National Direction of the Democratic Party.[11]

Writing career[edit]

Dalla Chiesa wrote several books and essays about politics and fight against mafia. Among his most known works, there is the 1992 book Il giudice ragazzino (The Boy Judge, a tributary essay dedicated to Rosario Livatino, a young Sicilian judge who has been murdered by the mafia in 1990. In telling the experience and the tragic end of Livatino, Dalla Chiesa reconstructs his vision of the connection between the mafia, politics and institutions in Sicily and Italy in the late 1980s, indicating the murder of the judge as one of the highest triumphs of criminal powers.[12]

The 1994 film Law of Courage is based on Dalla Chiesa's book.


  1. ^ "Nando Dalla Chiesa's Blog on Il Fatto Quotidiano". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Nando dalla Chiesa e la scuola: insegno come agisce la mafia". Corriere della Sera. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Assemblea Nazionale di Libera: Don Luigi Ciotti confermato presidente nazionale". 24 June 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Debutta La Rete di Orlando 'Primo obiettivo la pace'". La Repubblica. 25 January 1991. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Formentini - Dalla Chiesa sarà il duello di Milano". La Repubblica. 5 May 1993. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  6. ^ "'Questa Rete è perdente...'". La Repubblica. 15 April 1994. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Cossiga statista 'eversivo' visto da Nando dalla Chiesa". La Repubblica. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Non mi mancherà affatto". 18 August 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Nando dalla Chiesa, sociologo: Già da un anno era in atto il salto sul carro del vincitore". La Repubblica. 5 June 2001. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Il governo Prodi ha giurato. Nominati i sottosegretari". La Repubblica. 18 May 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Un partito democratico o un museo?". 2 April 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Cosa insegna oggi il "giudice ragazzino"". 21 September 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2018.

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