Title: Enabling the smart city: the progress of city e-governance in Europe

Authors: Krassimira Antonova Paskaleva

Addresses: Herbert Simon Institute, 8.30 Harold Hankins Building, Manchester Business School, Booth Street West, Manchester, M15 6PB, UK; Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Research Centre, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

Abstract: How can electronic governance (e-governance) assist in helping cities make better decisions and become more competitive, as well as engaging with citizens in democratic activities and decision-making processes? This paper suggests that e-governance may provide a new vehicle for the emerging |smart city|. The paper assesses the conceptual landscape for city e-governance, with a focus placed on how cities can foster collaborative digital environments to enable local competitiveness and prosperity through knowledge networks and partnerships, integrated e-services and e-participation. Drawing from the literature and the results of a comprehensive survey study in 12 European cities, we put forward a series of propositions on the future of e-city governance in Europe and the implications for strategic policy innovations to foster smart cities.

Keywords: smart cities; electronic governance; e-governance; collaborative digital environment; knowledge networks; integrated e-services; e-city governance; e-readiness; policy innovation; electronic services; online services; Europe; democratic activities; decision making.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2009.022730

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 2009 Vol.1 No.4, pp.405 - 422

Published online: 25 Jan 2009 *

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