This is what a technocracy looks like. there are no elected representatives in the new Italian government, meaning the people had no input about who rules their lives through these times. Even though the media reports that the Italian people are supportive of the new government, that is only a result of the fear that these same bankers and lawyers have brought to the people. Only time will tell how ruthless the austerity measures of technocrats will be. Due to the lack of representation it is safe to assume that they will be all business and little compassion in the mission they’ve been assigned.
Mario Monti, Italy’s new prime minister, appointed a government without a single politician on Wednesday, forming a technical administration which faces the daunting challenge of preventing the country from being dragged deeper into the euro zone debt crisis.
The emergency administration, which is meant to govern Italy until elections are due in 2013, is made up of bankers, lawyers and university professors but not a single elected official – an extraordinary development for a Western democracy.
But it is a deal that much of the electorate and nearly all the mainstream parties have signed up to, in order to save Italy from the economic abyss by trimming the country’s bloated bureaucracy, slashing its 1.9 trillion euro debt and unleashing its economic potential after years of stagnation.
Almost none of the new appointees was familiar to the average man or woman in the street – a fact that some Italians hailed as the new administration’s chief strength, saying it was above party politics and untainted by any links to the discredited centre-Right government of Silvio Berlusconi or the weak and divided centre-Left opposition. Italy has a track record of appointing ‘technical’ governments during periods of political paralysis and party deadlock.
Mr Monti said that after talks with the country’s big parties, he had decided that “the non-presence of politicians in the government would help it.”
He and his ministers were sworn in at a ceremony at the Quirinale Palace, a former papal residence that is now used by Italy’s presidents, bringing a formal end to Mr Berlusconi’s three year government and the 17 years in which he dominated the country’s political arena.
The new government’s task is to implement a package of austerity measures and public spending cuts which were passed by parliament in the dying days of Mr Berlusconi’s government.