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Governing with Data: Local Experimentation in Authoritarian China

Descrizione del progetto

Governance digitale nella Cina autoritaria

Le città intelligenti sono una tendenza in aumento in tutto il mondo. Oltre la metà delle 1 000 città intelligenti del mondo si trovano in Cina. Essendo la Cina uno stato autoritario, l’emergere di città i cui governi stanno iniziando a sperimentare tecnologie digitali è di particolare interesse per lo studio della governance digitale nelle società autoritarie. Il progetto DigitalGovernance, finanziato dall’UE, studierà e comprenderà le pratiche di governance della digitalizzazione nella Cina autoritaria e l’interazione tra governo, imprese e cittadini nel processo decisionale locale delle città intelligenti. Il progetto utilizzerà un quadro di economia politica e analisi del ciclo politico per studiare le forme di governance digitale locale, esplorare i meccanismi di integrazione della tecnologia digitale nel processo decisionale locale e valutare i suoi impatti su cittadini, imprese e stato.

Obiettivo

As new information technologies and the advent of “big data” are reshaping societies around the globe, inquiries into the nature and varieties of digital governance and their consequences become increasingly urgent. “Smart cities” are mushrooming particularly quickly in China, which is home to more than half of the more than 1,000 smart cities worldwide. These city governments have begun to experiment with digital technologies to harness the power of big data analytics for governing society. Emerging practices have momentous implications for the organisation of social, political and economic life in China and globally. A systematic study has yet to address the lacking empirical and conceptual understanding of digitalising governance practices in authoritarian China.

The project seizes a unique opportunity to witness “natural experiments” of digital government modes as they emerge from China’s advanced smart cities. A political economy framework and policy cycle analysis will be used to study the interplay between government, businesses and citizens in local decision-making as digital technologies are increasingly integrated into the process. Through mixed-method, the project will achieve three objectives:

1. Study the variation in local digital governance modes and understand why these modes evolved in different ways.
2. Explore the mechanisms through which digital technologies are integrated into local decision-making processes and governance structures.
3. Assess the impacts of new digital governance modes for citizens, businesses and the state.

Findings will generate new empirical data, on the basis of which it will be possible to push the conceptualisation of emerging digital governance modes and the assessment of their benefits and risks. The project will significantly add to the field of digital governance in authoritarian states and will contribute to debates reaching beyond the China context about societal change under advancing digitalisation.

Meccanismo di finanziamento

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Istituzione ospitante

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 1 499 160,00
Indirizzo
KAISERSWERTHER STRASSE 16-18
14195 Berlin
Germania

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Regione
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 1 499 160,00

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