Local welfare and administrative decentralization in Naples: research as a mirror of social change - The article summarizes the results of a research conducted on the social policies change in Naples, particularly in Scampìa and in North Area of the city. This change saws the active involvement of the third sector organizations in the process of implementation of policies. The survey pays special attention to the process of welfare networking developed in the Area, although this involved a deep reconsideration, on the part of researchers, about the risks of contamination of the research as subject get closer. The involvement of an Association, among those most active in the area, while allowed more direct understanding of decision making, on the other hand became a strong pressure. Mediation among the scientific aims and those expressed by the Association led to a deviation of the original research design.
Key words: social policies, suburbs, poverty, school dropout, voluntary, welfare