University in the fight against mafias: Research, teaching and training


Stefano D’Alfonso
University of Naples Federico II
Gaetano Manfredi
University of Naples Federico II


Università, Antimafia, Ricerca, Formazione



Publisher: FedOA - Federico II University Press

Series:  Miscellaneous

Pages: 223

Language: English


Abstract:  The commitment of Italian universities to education in the field of legality and to research on the subject of mafias is the main focus of this investigation edited by Stefano D’Alfonso and Gaetano Manfredi. For the first time, data is shown about the overall framework of teaching and research activities dedicated to this topic, with twenty-nine scholars from different academic disciplines and several universities who come together to reflect on the current situation and on the commitment of universities in the fight against mafias, highlighting both strengths and weaknesses of the system. The reflections illustrated here bring to light the dynamic nature of the local and cultural context where universities operate as well as the type of interaction that these institutions maintain with the national and local context. At the same time, it seems clear that great expectations are held at various levels in terms of what universities could do, especially with regards to the demand for knowledge about the best ways to fight mafias. This research reveals that Italian universities possess a considerable capital of knowledge which represents a ‘hidden treasure’ to be valued and used with the aim of promoting widespread awareness of their role in the anti-mafia field. This book is the result of cooperation between many university professors and researchers, the Parliamentary anti-mafia Committee, the Conference of Italian University Rectors and former minister of University and Research Gaetano Manfredi, under the supervision and coordination of the interdisciplinary research laboratory on mafias and corruption of the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II. This network of professionals and institutions enabled the construction of a significant database where teaching and research activities carried out by scholars from different universities can be identified, across about one hundred academic disciplines.


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Biografie autore

Stefano D’Alfonso, University of Naples Federico II

Stefano D’Alfonso teaches Public Law and is the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Research on Mafias and Corruption within the Social Sciences Department of the Federico II University of Naples. Advisor for the Parliamentary Antimafia Commission during the 17th and 18th Legislatures of Italy.

Gaetano Manfredi, University of Naples Federico II

Gaetano Manfredi, is full professor of Structural Engineering at the Federico II University of Naples. Former Ministry of University and Research, Rector of the Federico II University of Naples, and president of the Conference of Italian University Rectors. Together with S. D’Alfonso and A. De Chiara, he authored Mafie e libere professioni, Donzelli, Rome 2018, and the corresponding free online course on




November 2, 2022


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