Community Self-Governance in the Smart City: Towards a Typology

Sergei Zhilin, Bram Klievink, Martin De Jong

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The concept of the smart city increasingly being used but is in fact an umbrella topic covering several disciplines and domains. In the current literature is no agreement on a comprehensive vision of the smart city; perspectives on it vary from purely technological urban development to initiatives addressing societal challenges. We argue that in these perspectives, self-governance is often ignored, yet plays an important role in the smart city idea, bringing together people, technologies, and policies. The objective of this chapter is to provide a framework for the classification of self-governance initiatives on a community level. The framework unites heterogeneous urban initiatives giving a broader understanding of existing self-governance practices that could be used within the smart city.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationE-Participation in Smart Cities: Technologies and Models of Governance for Citizen Engagement
EditorsManuel Bolívar, Laura Muñoz
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-89474-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-89473-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePublic Administration and Information Technology
ISSN (Print)2512-1812
ISSN (Electronic)2512-1839


  • Smart city
  • Self-governance
  • Urban commons
  • Peer production


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