Giuseppe Micciarelli, Introduzione all’uso civico e collettivo urbano. La gestione diretta dei beni comuni urbani a Napoli


1. Premessa. 

2. Quale cittadinanza nei processi partecipativi. 

3. Il conflitto sociale e la trasformazione degli “ex luoghi” in beni comuni urbani. 

4. La stagione dei regolamenti.

5. Appunti di viaggio sul percorso amministrativo del comune di Napoli sul governo dei beni comuni. 

6. Una nuova forma di democrazia partecipativa: ratio della gestione diretta. 

7. Una definizione per i beni comuni.


This essay investigates the possible forms of collective governance of the commons. In more details, the starting point of this analysis is the re-use of abandoned or underutilized goods, i.e. “former places” which function as civic incubators for new practices of citizenship. This article presents the case of former places as a case study for analysing an unprecedented legal tool, the so-called “civic and urban use”, as theorized in the context of a social conflict and subsequently implemented by the city of Naples. The civic and collective urban use is an innovative and somehow “creative” mechanism of rulemaking, in that it reveals a push from the bottom heading to establish new institutions. In particular, the article compares and contrasts this instrument, as well as the new idea of “direct management” of commons, with other forms of participatory democracy and shared administration that regulate the use of public spa.