The purpose of the research project is to study, through the methodology of comparative constitutional law and studies, the phenomenon of the deterioration of the structure and substance of the constitutional liberal democracy, which has taken place in the past decade worldwide.

By exploring and comparing several national experiences, in countries that have generally been regarded as consolidated democracies, the project will frame the conceptual boundaries of the “constitutional degradation”, filling an important gap in social sciences. As degradation is more difficult to detect than traditional authoritarian threats, the project will also develop a checklist with a systemic approach to the problems, in order to capture the interaction effects of apparently innocuous changes and to diagnose the degradation.

The research will be carried out by four research units through the establishment of working groups made up by members of each unit and foreign scholars, selected according to the role that each unit is expected to play and on the basis of already existing cooperation agreements and networks.

Principal Investigator: prof. Tania Groppi (University of Siena)

Local Units: prof. Tommaso Edoardo Frosini (University of Napoli Suor Orsola Benincasa), prof. Rolando Tarchi (University of  Pisa) and prof. Carla Bassu (University of Sassari)


Activities and events:

  • Diritto Costituzionale degli Stati Uniti d’America (Siena, 30 novembre 2022)
  • Culture, Territory and the Rule of Law. An interdisciplinary approach (Pontignano, 17-18 giugno 2022)
  • Speriamo che sia femmina: l’equilibrio fra i generi nelle società quotate e a controllo pubblico nell’esperienza italiana e comparata (Siena, 9 maggio 2022)
  • The Role of Women and Women’s Civil Society Organizations in Peace Processes (Siena, 5-6 aprile 2022)
  • Venti di dis-integrazione europea dopo la sentenza del Tribunale costituzionale polacco del 7 ottobre 2021? (Milano, 24 novembre 2021)
  • Violenza politica di genere nella recente giurisprudenza elettorale (Siena, 17 novembre 2021)
  • Proiezione “UNFIT-La psicologia di Donald Trump” (Siena, 8 novembre 2021)
  • Framing and Diagnosing Constitutional Degradation: A Comparative Perspective (Pontignano-Webinar, 21-22 June 2021)
  • Il Cile verso la Convenzione costituzionale. Tre dialoghi (Webinar Series, 15-29 March 2021)