Problematizing and Politicizing Smart City-Regions: Is Devolution Smart?

Journal title TERRITORIO
Author/s Igor Calzada
Publishing Year 2018 Issue 2017/83
Language English Pages 11 P. 37-47 File size 480 KB
DOI 10.3280/TR2017-083005
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This paper problematizes the meanings, governance implications, and techno-political shortcomings of ‘smart cities’ through pervasive transitions taking place in Europe by presenting a conceptual framework to politicize ‘smart city-regions’ as complex, transcalar, datadriven, multi-stakeholder-focused, experimental, and, supposedly, democratic techno-territorial assemblages. The momentum is particularly relevant given an increasing number of ongoing reforms of administrative borders and competences of local governments fuelled by devolution, as the four cases of Bristol and Glasgow (uk), and Barcelona and Bilbao (Spain), demonstrate. Hence, by blending governance with technological and territorial issues, this paper elucidates that devolution should be addressed in the implementation of smart strategies stemming from (i) transcalar overlaps and contradictions; (ii) data literacy, ownership, and management; (iii) multi-stakeholder complex urbanity; and (iv) democratic and digital citizenship

Keywords: Smart city-regions; devolution; techno-politics of data

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Igor Calzada, Problematizing and Politicizing Smart City-Regions: Is Devolution Smart? in "TERRITORIO" 83/2017, pp 37-47, DOI: 10.3280/TR2017-083005