This paper addresses the issue of reform of the local government, with specific reference to the establishment of metropolitan cities as stated in decree n. 56/2014. Specifically, the author, after outlining the troubled regulatory changes that accompanied the establishment of metropolitan cities in our system, proceeds to illustrate the present norms (i.e. the decree n. 56/2014), indicating some critical aspects, including (possible) profiles of unconstitutionality. The author also dwells on the "precariousness" of the reform itself in light of the constitutional bill being discussed by the Italian Parliament dealing with, among other things, the revision of Title V of the second part Constitution. In conclusion, the author analyzes and compares the metropolitan statutes approved to date with a view to making a first assessment of the implementation of the reform.
Keywords: Reforms, local government, metropolitan areas