Speaking of Things that Aren’t Democratic…

Earlier this week, I raised the issue that there might be some tension between the sudden savior status of technocratic government and traditional notions of democratic accountability. Thus it was with great interest that I read the lead to the AP story on Italy’s likely incoming new – “TECHNOCRATIC” – Prime Minister, Mario Monti:

Italy’s Senate approved crucial economic reforms demanded by the European Union on Friday, the first step in paving the way for Premier Silvio Berlusconi to resign as early as this weekend and a transitional government to be formed. The 156-12 vote took place after respected economist Mario Monti – widely expected to become the interim prime minister – was welcomed with applause in the Senate chamber, where he was officially designated senator for life. [emphasis added]

It’s not enough he gets to head a government without winning an election—he needs to be senator for life as well?

5 Responses to Speaking of Things that Aren’t Democratic…

  1. John Girdwood November 11, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    We should remember that Italy is the place of Machiavelli. Perhaps they found their Prince? Whether or not he will be “tame,” we shall see.

  2. mike shupp November 12, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    Senator for Life? Well, I suppose that’s an upside.
    And if things don’t go well? What could be the downside?

  3. Phill November 12, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Hmmmm. Perhaps this will spur a long line of non-elected prime ministers who all take the title “Monti”.

  4. Griff November 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Maybe they had to bribe him with lifetime tenure or he wouldn’t agree to take the interim PM job.

  5. Acilius November 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    It certainly doesn’t make the EU, or the German banks, look good that their demands are likely to be implemented by a nonelected government. At least they managed to get their way without calling the army into the capital– this time.