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The Italian National Strategy for Inner Areas (SNAI): A Critical Analysis of the Indicator Grid

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Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani, Politecnico di Milano, Via E. Bonardi 3, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito, Politecnico di Milano, Via G. Ponzio 31, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Piazzale V. Tecchio 80, 80125 Napoli, Italy
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Academic Editors: Valentina Antoniucci, Giuliano Marella and Edwin H. W. Chan
Sustainability 2021, 13(12), 6927; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126927
Received: 30 March 2021 / Revised: 27 May 2021 / Accepted: 3 June 2021 / Published: 19 June 2021
The National Strategy for Inner Areas (SNAI) is a public policy designed to tackle depopulation in inner areas, defined according to the distance from centers offering essential services. Such a policy’s success is crucial to address the new challenges for planning brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this sense, there is a need to adequately support its implementation by providing handy decision support tools, understanding the power balances among municipalities, and defining proper interventions. The Indicator Grid, already used by the SNAI for project areas selection, can answer this need. However, the Grid’s application to support public policy at the municipality level requires reviewing some of its features, such as the indicators’ large number and the impossibility of defining some of them at the municipal scale. Based on these premises, this paper aims at supporting inner areas policies by carrying out a critical analysis of the current SNAI Grid, aimed at improving its effectiveness. It relies on a hybrid methodology that merges qualitative data interpretations and statistical analyses. Thanks to this method, defining a parsimonious Grid by leaving its complexity and information level untouched is possible. The so-defined set of indicators can represent a valuable reference tool in pinpointing priorities for actions or selecting further territorial scopes from the SNAI perspective, even if it still brings some criticalities to be faced. View Full-Text
Keywords: SNAI Indicator Grid; hybrid methodology; public policies; decision support SNAI Indicator Grid; hybrid methodology; public policies; decision support
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Rossitti, M.; Dell’Ovo, M.; Oppio, A.; Torrieri, F. The Italian National Strategy for Inner Areas (SNAI): A Critical Analysis of the Indicator Grid. Sustainability 2021, 13, 6927. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126927

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Rossitti M, Dell’Ovo M, Oppio A, Torrieri F. The Italian National Strategy for Inner Areas (SNAI): A Critical Analysis of the Indicator Grid. Sustainability. 2021; 13(12):6927. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126927

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Rossitti, Marco, Marta Dell’Ovo, Alessandra Oppio, and Francesca Torrieri. 2021. "The Italian National Strategy for Inner Areas (SNAI): A Critical Analysis of the Indicator Grid" Sustainability 13, no. 12: 6927. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126927

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