Article

Smart governance in institutional context: An in-depth analysis of Glasgow, Utrecht, and Curitiba

Citation

Tomor Z, Przeybilovicz E & Leleux C (2021) Smart governance in institutional context: An in-depth analysis of Glasgow, Utrecht, and Curitiba. Cities, 114, Art. No.: 103195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103195

Abstract
Smart governance varies considerably across cities, allegedly due to the influence of the institutional setting. Nevertheless, the institutional factors influencing smart governance have yet to be systematically examined. This research proposes to remedy this by exploring the role of the institutional context in shaping the configuration of smart governance. For this purpose, this study, drawing on insights from institutional theory, zooms in on three cities with dissimilar institutional contexts — Curitiba (Brazil), Glasgow (UK), and Utrecht (the Netherlands). The findings suggest that institutional context does indeed affect how smart governance actualizes in cities. These empirical insights result in a heuristic framework for understanding smart governance in diverse urban environments. The framework exhibits a multi-layered influencing mechanism: institutions co-existing on multiple spatial scales interact and modify – reinforce or dissolve – each other's impact on smart governance. This study opens the door to a different approach to understanding smart governance and sheds new light on how this is interrelated with the institutional context.

Keywords
Smart cities; Technologies; Institutional context; Citizen participation; Smart governance; Cross-country comparative case study

Journal
Cities: Volume 114

StatusPublished
FundersESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Publication date31/07/2021
Publication date online30/04/2021
Date accepted by journal18/03/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32584
ISSN0264-2751