13. aprillil kell 12 peab professor Giuseppe Grossi (Kristianstad University) teadusseminari teemal "Governmentality and performance for the smart city". Seminar toimub Narva mnt 4-A312.
Lühikokkuvõte inglise keeles:
Smart city experiences are rapidly spreading globally as the result of their innovative way of conceiving cities and citizens’ lives. Considering the city of Helsinki, the paper investigates to what extent performance measurement systems are effectively used as ‘technologies of government’ (Miller and Rose, 1990) to reach smart city aims.
This paper proposes a longitudinal case study following an interventionist approach. Theoretically based on the Foucauldian “governmentality” framework (Foucault, 2009), and its bio-political implications (Foucault, 2008), the paper aims at exploring how municipalities drive smart city programmes in the pursuit of governmentality goals spanning from efficiency to societal impacts.
The research addresses not only the benefits, but in particular the criticalities faced in Helsinki’s programmes introducing new performance measurement systems as a technology of government. Our findings show that such technologies of government are useful, but also problematic tools, especially considering the fragmentation in inter- and intra-departmental operations characterizing smart cities and related forms of resistance.
The paper is based on a single smart city study and it shows the need for both comparative and interdisciplinary analysis in order to analyze the causes of smart city challenges in more detail.
The paper provides significant empirical support to the different actors involved in the smart city discourse and to policy makers. It increases the understanding on the limitations, difficulties and criticalities connected to the design and operationalization of performance measurement systems. A social contribution is offered by the identification of criticalities emerging in the governmentality of smart cities, referred to the economic, societal and environmental dimensions that are at stake in this context.