The Techno-Politics of Data and Smart Devolution in City-Regions: Comparing Glasgow, Bristol, Barcelona, and Bilbao

Systems Journal, (ISSN 2079-8954), Special Issue 'Smart Cities and Regions as Systems of Innovation', Vol. 5(1), p. 11, 2017

18 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2017 Last revised: 23 Feb 2017

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Igor Calzada

University of Oxford, Future of Cities Programme & Urban Transformations ESRC portfolio, COMPAS; European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC), Centre for Advanced Studies

Date Written: February 17, 2017

Abstract

This paper explores the substantial effect that the critical understanding and techno-political consideration of data are having in some smart city strategies. Particularly, the paper presents some results of a comparative study of four cases of smart city transitions: Glasgow, Bristol, Barcelona, and Bilbao. Likewise, considering how relevant the city-regional path-dependency is in each territorial context, the paper will elucidate the notion of smart devolution as a key governance component that is enabling some cities to formulate their own smart city-regional governance policies and implement them by considering the role of the smart citizens as decision makers rather than mere data providers. The paper concludes by identifying an implicit smart city-regional governance strategy for each case based on the techno-politics of data and smart devolution.

Keywords: Techno-Politics of Data; Dataism; Smart Devolution; Smart Cities; Multi-Stakeholders; Penta-Helix; City-Regions; Governance; Smart Citizens

Suggested Citation

Calzada, Igor, The Techno-Politics of Data and Smart Devolution in City-Regions: Comparing Glasgow, Bristol, Barcelona, and Bilbao (February 17, 2017). Systems Journal, (ISSN 2079-8954), Special Issue 'Smart Cities and Regions as Systems of Innovation', Vol. 5(1), p. 11, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2920219 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2920219

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