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Planning and KnowledgeHow New Forms of Technocracy Are Shaping Contemporary Cities$
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Mike Raco and Federico Savini

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447345244

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447345244.001.0001

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Smart cities, algorithmic technocracy and new urban technocrats

Smart cities, algorithmic technocracy and new urban technocrats

(p.199) 15 Smart cities, algorithmic technocracy and new urban technocrats
Planning and Knowledge

Rob Kitchin

Claudio Coletta

Leighton Evans

Liam Heaphy

Darach Mac Donncha

Policy Press

This chapter examines the technocracy of smart cities and the set of urban technocrats that promote and implement their use. It first sets out the new technocracy at work and the forms of technocratic governance and governmentality it enacts. The chapter then details how this technocracy is supported by a new smart city epistemic community of technocrats that is aligned with a wider set of smart city interest groups to form a powerful ‘advocacy coalition’ that works at different scales. In the final section, the chapter considers the translation of the ideas and practices of this advocacy coalition into the policies and work of city administrations. In particular, it considers the reasons why smart city initiatives and its associated technocracy are yet to become fully mainstreamed and the smart city mission successfully realised in cities across the globe.

Keywords:   smart cities, urban technocrats, technocratic governance, technocratic governmentality, advocacy coalition, smart city initiatives

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