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Make way for smart cities: opportunities, challenges and capacities of New Zealand local governments

Peter McKinlay

Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 2017, vol. 39, issue 4, 297-303

Abstract: This discussion addresses the increasing interest in the idea of smart cities concerning the potential opportunities from innovative technology and the need for flexibility and creativity in how local governments respond. It traces the evolution of the regulatory framework for New Zealand local governments with its increased emphasis on compliance, the protection of public monies, and the growing complexity of local government decision-making. It contrasts this with the flexibility, fleetness of foot and openness to new ways of working needed to take full advantage of changing technology. The conclusion is that there is an increasing disconnect between the compliance and accountability regimes imposed on local governments and what is required if local governments are to embrace creatively the opportunities and challenges of a smart city.

Date: 2017
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