Special Focus NRRP as a driver of managerial innovation in public institutions. Preliminary assessments, comparative analysis and lessons for the future RIPM – Vol. 5 – n. 1 | 2022 Submission deadline: 15 June 2022

Special Focus

NRRP as a driver of managerial innovation in public institutions.

Preliminary assessments, comparative analysis and lessons for the future

RIPM – Vol. 5 – n. 1 | 2022

Submission deadline: 15 June 2022



Special Focus Overview

The Special Focus is Rivista Italiana di Public Management’s (RIPM) traditional thematic focus. It holds a key place in the magazine since it aims at defining a privileged area of attention on a current theme. It can foster reflection and generate a debate among scholars, public and private manager as well as public institution insiders and outsiders.

The Special Focus section of RIPM confirms one of the founding principles of the journal: to create an arena of reflection to address, in a specific area, the most innovative research activity and paradigmatic representation with a multidisciplinary approach. One of the specific characteristics of RIPM is, in fact, to express a predictive view aimed at intercepting current and paradigmatic research strands to be analyzed from a wide viewpoint, by means of a variety of scientific research and analysis approaches, among others, of economic, legal, political, philosophical, sociological and anthropological nature.


Special Focus objectives

The Special Focus entitled “NRRP as a driver of managerial innovation in public institutions.

Preliminary assessments, comparative analysis and lessons for the future”, confirms the vision of RIPM and its Editorial Team in their efforts to achieve the fundamental objective of the magazine: to address current issues for public institutions with a multidisciplinary approach and a critical, proactive eye.

The thematic focus of the first issue of 2022 continues, from a different angle, the debate on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) launched by RIPM in the second issue of 2021. In this issue, RIPM intends to encourage scholars to explore the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans of Italy and other member states of EU, with special emphasis on the systems of coordination, management, implementation, monitoring and control.

In addition, RIPM aims at investigating the technicalities that can be modeled in relation to the achievement of qualitative (milestones) and quantitative (targets) goals agreed upon, ex ante and time bound. In accordance with the provisions of art. 22 of Regulation (EU) 2021/241, in order to guarantee the protection of the financial interests of the Union, it is important that, at national level, the management and control system outlined by each central administration in charge of NRRP interventions are inspired by the management and control systems of the European structural and investment funds. These should be geared towards the prevention, identification and fight against the main threats to the protection of the European Union budget and the sound and correct management of financial resources, with specific reference to serious irregularities such as fraud, corruption and conflicts of interest, as well as the risk of double funding.

The entire audit system is, therefore, of considerable importance in the architecture of these performance-based programs. A year-long experience in the field undoubtedly allows to evaluate the state of the art and propose new management tools for enhancing complex projects such as those that define the technical infrastructure of the NRRP. Moreover, this Special Focus can be a forum to propose new interpretations in a particularly critical historical moment that requires a rigorous and responsible contribution from all scholars and experts who intend to propose an effective innovation.

The Special Focus raises many questions, which are only partially outlined below, leaving the authors free to decide which aspects to examine in greater depth.

What good practices, such as models, structures and procedures, are being reported at national and European level in terms of coordination of management activities as well as monitoring, reporting and control of all the interventions and broader projects that make up the measures of the Plans?

How, and through what structures and procedures, are the interventions envisaged by NNRP being implemented in the various countries by central and local administrations, within their respective institutional competencies? Has there been greater cohesion between the various levels of government, as well as a culture of sharing, teamwork and results in the relations among administrations? What role is the Italian Parliament accorded to and what role is it playing in overseeing and monitoring implementation?

What supporting information tools are chosen and used for implementation review and monitoring?

What is the value and role of public data and database interoperability with respect to management coordination, monitoring and control functions?

What audit activities, based on international audit standards, are planned? And who performs them?

What contribution, in terms of cultural and methodological approaches to public management, can monitoring, reporting, control and audit of NRRP implementation and related reforms and investments offer, also in view of a project cycle management approach?

What information and communication activities, in order to engage different types of ” target groups”, are deployed throughout the Plan’s implementation? How do you ensure adequate visibility of investment results and EU funding for the support provided?

These are some of the questions aimed at soliciting contributions for the Special Focus, with the purpose of encouraging scholars, managers and experts to consider, also in a comparative way, the models – evoked in the Special Focus – of management and implementation of the Italian NRRP and, hopefully, of those of the other member states.

RIPM invites the authors to express an innovative research and study framework -even comparative-, to enhance diverse views. As an example, the contribution of several authors from different scientific disciplines may well expresses a collaborative and powerful synergy in their proposed ideas, models and interpretations on the various issues addressed.


How to submit a paper

Authors wishing to participate in the Call – Special Focus – should send their paper quoting the code (RIPM – Vol.4 – N.1 | Special Focus) according to the editorial rules, to the e-mail address: editors@rivistaitalianadipublicmanagement.it

The submission deadline is 15 June 2022

The paper format must be 10,000 words, including tables and figures, excluding bibliography, using the attached template. For editorial standards, template, and FAQs, see the section:

Editorial Guidelines