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Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Senior lecturer

Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Experimental governance : the role of municipalities in urban living labs

Author

  • Annica Kronsell
  • Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren

Summary, in English

Innovations in urban governance such as Urban Living Labs (ULL) are expected to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable and climate-resilient cities. This article reviews different ULL across Europe and explores the role and potential capacity of municipalities in the development of and/or facilitation of ULL as a form of experimental governance. It focuses on the role of the public sector in the multi-actor collaborations that often characterize experimental governance. The article draws on literature on cities in sustainability, climate and environmental governance, and bridges this with political science literature on governance. Based on institutional theory that emphasizes roles, identities, and perceived and actual acting space, three functional roles for the municipality are singled out – promoter, enabler and partner – in a framework with a set of indicators that are used to analyse 50 case studies of ULL (http://www.urbanlivinglabs.net). The aim is to advance knowledge on how municipalities can facilitate urban sustainability through experimental governance.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2018-05-04

Language

English

Pages

988-1007

Publication/Series

European Planning Studies

Volume

26

Issue

5

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Public Administration Studies

Keywords

  • collaboration
  • enabler
  • Meta-governance
  • partner
  • promoter
  • roles

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0965-4313