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Legislative and Administrative Autonomy

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This chapter presents an overview of South Tyrol?s quite outstanding autonomous powers (outstanding even when compared with its northern neighbour, Tyrol, a member state of federal Austria) both in the legislative and administrative fields. After the First Autonomy Statute (ASt) (1948) had reserved all relevant legislative power to the Autonomous Region, the Second Autonomy Statute (1972) introduced a radical shift by granting extensive legislative powers to the two Provinces of Bolzano (i.e., South Tyrol) and Trento. The main differences between the five autonomous regions and the 15 ordinary regions are in the different nature and rank of their respective statutes, as well as in the different degree of legislative powers. While the legislative powers of the ordinary regions were listed in Article 117 of the Italian Constitution, those of the autonomous regions were specifically described in their respective autonomy statutes; in addition, the latter also differ among those five regions.

Keywords: administrative powers; autonomous powers; autonomy statute (ASt); Bolzano; Italian Constitution; legislative power; South Tyrol; Trento



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