Journal Article

Critical interventions into the corporate smart city

Robert G. Hollands

in Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Volume 8, issue 1, pages 61-77
Published in print March 2015 | ISSN: 1752-1378
Published online August 2014 | e-ISSN: 1752-1386 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsu011

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Driven by the profit motive of global high-technology companies, in collusion with the trend towards city governance being wedded to a competitive form of ‘urban entrepreneurialism’, has left little room for ordinary people to participate in the smart city. The article seeks to make a two-fold critical intervention into the dominance of this corporate smart city model. It does this by first looking at how we currently understand the smart city and critiques the growing trend towards corporate and entrepreneurial governance versions. A second form of intervention concerns considering smartness from different perspectives emanating from small-scale and fledgling examples of participatory and citizen-based types of smart initiatives.

Keywords: intervention; corporate; entrepreneurial; governance; inequality; smart; F63; H75; R51; Z13

Journal Article.  9638 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development ; Public Economics ; Regional Government Analysis ; Economic Sociology

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