Naples – Recognizing the commons in Naples

Source: la Repubblica


Country Italy
City Naples
Name Recognizing the commons in Naples
Date 2011
Description  The project begins in 2011, when the commons are included between the “purposes and fundamental values” of the Municipality’s Statute. Naples has been the first Italian city to devote an Administration’s department to the Common Goods. In 2012 the city’s Council established the “Laboratory for the Constituent on common goods” and in 2013 the Urban Permanent Observatory on the Commons was created.

The Administration has worked to individuate principles for “the identification and management of goods, unused or partly used, perceived by the community as “common goods” and subject to collective use” (expressed in Resolution n. 17, 18.01.2013), and has additionally focused on finding the principles for “the realization of actions directed to the inclusion of private good in the commons’ category. With this aim a Project Unit entitled “Identification and promotion of public and private spaces likely to be identified as the commons” has been created.

The identification of those principles allowed for the recognition (through a series of resolutions, with the last one being n. 466/2016) of seven public properties occupied by citizens and associations as “emerging commons and as civic developing environments”, and more spaces will be added to the list. The Administration recognized the value attributed to these spaces by the community, and decided to allow its citizens and social groups to directly manage them in a way that could “create social capital in terms of collective uses with a commons value”. One particularly interesting example is the Ex-Asilo Filangieri, the first good to be recognized as a commons. Already in 2012, the building was re-defined as “place with a complex use in the cultural field” (Resolution n. 11, 24/05/2012), with the aim of using its spaces to experiment with processes of participative democracy.

A narration of the Municipality’s path towards the creation of a new form of urban governance centered on the commons is available at this link (, where all the official resolutions are also to be found.

Urban Co-Governance Moderate
Enabling State Strong
Pooling Strong
Experimentalism Weak
Tech Justice Weak
References, sources, contact person(s) Recognizing the commons in Naples, Italy. Sources :

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June 8, 2018