From a legislating body to a body that holds into account. Remolding the Italian Parliament

With the Covid-19 pandemic, the relationship between the Italian legislative and executive bodies surfaced with all its frailties. The progressive weakening of the role of Parliament is certainly not a new phenomenon, but it was deeply aggravated over the past year and a half. In light of the predominant role that Government has secured in the legislative and regulatory activity, and considering the superior technical capabilities which the latter disposes of, we ought to ask: which direction should Parliament take as the institutional system evolves? With the aim of drawing a working balance between the two bodies, I will advance the view that Parliament will have to reaffirm its stature by reinforcing its controlling function. The latter supervisory role will respond to the need of applying greater pressure on Government by using a twofold path: the path of persuasion and the path of accountability.