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Smart cities: Utopia or neoliberal ideology?
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi och arbetsliv. Kristianstad University, Research environment Governance, Regulation, Internationalization and Performance (GRIP.
England.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, ISSN 0264-2751, Vol. 69, 79-85 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper develops a critical understanding of the smart city by investigating the values and ideas that underpinthis concept and how they are translated into practice. It suggests that, despite private companies and municipalities promoting the smart city as a revolutionary utopia, this utopia is, on the contrary, an expression of the neoliberal ideology. The case study of the Italian city of Genoa shows that the smart city utopia acts as a generator of a collective imaginary while promoting the interests of business elites and diverting the attention away from urgent urban problems, such as urbanization. The neoliberal ideology influences the framing of these problems by favoring businessled technological solutions rather than political and long-term urban planning. The study suggests that this business-led utopia has important implications in terms of accountability of theactors involved.

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2017. Vol. 69, 79-85 p.
Keyword [en]
Smart city; Utopia; Ideology; Hermeneutics; Neoliberalism
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-17091DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2017.07.012ISI: 000412616500009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-17091DiVA: diva2:1131399
Available from: 2017-08-14 Created: 2017-08-14 Last updated: 2017-10-30Bibliographically approved

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