The paper pursues a double purpose. First, it explains why the mainstream in economics has never been able to see territory as a locus and not just as a mere space. In fact, a locus is a territorially thickened field of social, economic and cultural practices. Second, the essay suggests that a viable route to fill such a gap is to take advantage of some of the key categories of thought of the civil economy paradigm. The thesis defended is that if one wants to activate practices of community organizing in order to guarantee an efficient management of territorial commons, there is no better alternative than to apply the principle of circular subsidiarity. The idea is to properly articulate in a new way the relationships among State, market and civil society organizations.
territory; civil economy; commons; community organizing; circular subsidiarity