Keywords: Institutions and Development; Community; Network analysis; Common goods; Naples.
Regional economics and economic sociology are strongly claiming the need to
conduct empirical research on Communities, considered as the most significant
expressions of collective and informal action in contemporary cities. They are
considered important because they make up an essential portion of the practices
that coordinate the actors of a complex regional industrial organizational ecology.
On such bases, the adoption of a network approach and motivational analysis of
links has been recommended for empirical analysis. The aim of this study is to
provide a contribution on this matter through an updated reading of the incentive
question and a possible application of the same to an empirical case. The
comparison between the theoretical elements and those derived from the observed
reality, featured by the communities inspired to the principle of common
goods in Naples, will allow us to draw some conclusions. In particular, the advantages/
disadvantages of the individual’s adherence to the communities and of the
latter to the local network established with public institutions will be highlighted.
Finally, some hypotheses on the future evolution of the observed network will be
formulated in terms of reciprocity in the definition of the critical tasks.