Exploring emerging ICT-enabled governance models in European cities

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This exploratory research is conducted by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), in collaboration with EUROCITIES.


The project is being led by Mr Gianluca Misuraca (gianluca.misuraca@ec.europa.eu ). The IPTS Exploratory research on ICT-enabled governance models in European cities aims at deepening the understanding of the interplay between ICTs and governance processes at city level in the EU by providing evidence of the changes that ICTs are producing on city governance models. The focus of the research is on the way the different stakeholders interact when introducing ICTs in governance systems and the way these interactions affect institutions and communities, and the related decision-making process. Two main issues will be specifically investigated: 1) the changes produced by ICTs on the governance processes, (e.g. regulatory and legal frameworks, organisational and administrative procedures, roles of various stakeholders involved, etc.) and consequently the effects on decision-making, public management and service delivery; and 2) the socio-economic implications at policy level. The core research question underpinning the analysis is the following: What new ICT-enabled governance models are emerging at city level in Europe? In order to answer this research question three sub-questions will be researched: -Which are the main dimensions of new ICT-enabled governance models emerging in European cities? -What are the effects of the changes driven by ICTs on the interaction 1) within the city administration and 2) between the city government and other stakeholders in a specific policy domain? -What are the implications of new ICT-enabled governance models on a specific policy domain? For more information please visit the project website.