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Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Senior lecturer

Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Local Autonomy in Temporary Organizations : The Case of Smart City Pilots


  • Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Summary, in English

Local actors are to an increasing extent engaging in national and European Union (EU)–based development and sustainability agendas. These ventures often materialize in the form of temporary organizations such as pilots and projects. This article contributes to debates on project-based, experimental and temporary organizations by unpacking the organizational architecture of pilots and analyzing how the democratic autonomy of local public actors is formed. Through the example of smart city pilots, the study shows how a range of intersecting relations and hierarchies enable and circumscribe public-sector autonomy—from local actors’ attempts to align pilots with political goals to the limitations of standardized and scalable knowledge and strict funding requirements.


  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year





Administration and Society

Document type

Journal article


SAGE Publications


  • Public Administration Studies


  • elements of organization
  • experimental governance
  • pilot
  • projectification
  • smart city
  • temporary organization




  • ISSN: 0095-3997