Power in Networks and the Urban Space

16 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2020 Last revised: 17 Aug 2020

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Manfred Holler

University of Hamburg

Florian Rupp

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 12, 2020


The urban space paper is introduced by a brief “report” on the founding of Rome by Romulus; he traced a furrow and thereby defined the urban space. The core of the paper, however, defines the urban space by the dimension of collective decision making expressed in the form of voting games. It offers a power index analysis of the relationship between the agents of a network – applying the Public Good Index (PGI) and the Public Value (PV) –, reinterprets previous work by Holler and Rupp (2019), presents new numerical results and gives alternative interpretations. The results confirm our expectations: an increase of links and thereby connectedness tends to increase the power of an agent. The message for policymaking in the urban space is evident. This motivated us to discuss the question of why we should be interested in evaluating the power distribution within a network. Here, our focus is on the accountability of the agents – and the Smart City concept.

Keywords: Urban space, network, collective decision making, power index analysis, responsibility, Smart City, Public Good Index, and Public Value.

JEL Classification: C70, C72, D72, D85, L14, Z13

Suggested Citation

Holler, Manfred and Rupp, Florian, Power in Networks and the Urban Space (May 12, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3598834 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3598834

Manfred Holler (Contact Author)

University of Hamburg ( email )

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Hamburg, 20146

Florian Rupp

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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