Power and Justice

Maura E. Hametz

in In the Name of Italy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243396
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243433 | DOI:
Power and Justice

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This chapter examines the development of the Italian administrative and justice systems under Fascism. It explores the Fascist state’s expectations for nationalism and patriotism in the context of attempts to standardize the Italian legal system and centralize power to assert the primacy of Rome. Cultural aims and educational philosophies intersected with legal reforms, administrative restructuring, and nationalist policies that aimed to transform the state and to assimilate the borderland. The chapter sets the stage for Paulovich’s protest related to the method and process of application of the surname measure. It lays the foundation for the widow’s conflict with the prefect and local officials that magistrates in the Administrative Court were forced to mediate, a clash between officials’ interpretations of the rights of Italian citizens and their views of the responsibilities of members of Fascist society.

Keywords: Fascism; justice; legal reform; administrative reform; prefects; Administrative Court

Chapter.  8573 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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