E-Participation in Smart Cities: Technologies and Models of Governance for Citizen Engagement

Book by Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar and Laura Alcaide Muñoz: “This book analyzes e-participation in smart cities.  In recent decades, information and communication technologies (ICT) have played a key role in the democratic political and governance process by allowing easier interaction between governments and citizens, and the increased ability of citizens to participate in the production chain of public services.  E-participation plays and important role in the development of smart cities and smart communities , but it has not yet been extensively studied.  This book fills that gap by combining empirical and theoretical research to analyze actual practices of citizen involvement in smart cities and build a solid framework for successful e-participation in smart cities.

The book is divided into three parts.  Part I discusses smart technologies and their role in improving e-participation in smart cities.  Part II deals with models of e-participation in smart cities and the organization issues affecting the implementation of e-participation; these chapters analyze the efficiency of governance models in relation to the establishment of smart cities.  Part III proposes incentives to motivate increased participation by governments and cititzenry within the smart cities context.  Written by an international panel of experts and practitioners, this book will be a convenient source of information on e-participation in smart cities and will be valuable to academics, researchers, policy-makers, public managers, citizens, international organizations and anyone who has a stake in enhancing citizen engagement in smart cities….(More)”.