While moving from a general overview on the power to give off bylaws and on its theoretical grounds, this paper addresses the topic of "emergency administration" and its possible degenerations. The Author focuses on the legislative discipline of power before and after the L. n. 125/2008 and the so called "decreto Maroni", pointing out its effects with regards to the actual practice of power, with a qualitative and quantitative point of view, and showing the relationship between the "emergency law" and the performative employment of the criminal law. She particularly underlines the trend towards an abnormal use of bylaws, both to overcome to the political and administrative deficiencies and to enforce the processes of symbolic stigmatization of certain behaviors. In this context, the legislative amendment of 2008 is described as determining a further stabilization of the negative trend, contrasting the guarantee of fundamental rights and liberties.
Keywords: Local administration, bylaws, emergency