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Participatory Governance of Smart Cities: a study upon Portuguese and Brazilian government portals

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This paper presents the results of the preliminary framework proposed by the authors for Smart Governance drivers. In this sense, the issue for research is the following: which are the requirements in order to reach participative governance in Smart Cities' government portals? In search of reply to these questions it was proposed a model for electronic participation used as base in order to evaluate and analyze the level of participation promoted in government portals. For the elaboration of this study it was used the method of monographic procedure, based on relevant literature review on democracy, e-participation and cities' governance. To this it was still added case studies, with application of a form (or inquiry aiming to confront theory with practice as occurs in government portals of the municipal level in Lisbon (Portugal) and Brasilia (Brazil). The preliminary outcomes of the inquiry revealed that the referred portals are using few technological tools, since they have been more intensely promoting aspects related to elementary levels (provision of information and online searches) and not so much aspects related to a human and responsive dimension. From these outcomes, it may be inferred that the proposed model may arise as a valuable auxiliary tool for managers in the development of public policies in smart cities, with special focus on the participative governance. Besides that, it is also valuable for fulfilling academic gaps and, mainly, for a legal / normative production on the subject.

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... In recent scholarly studies, assessments of e-participation platforms have been limited to the levels of e-information and e-consultation and have generally assessed governmental website portals [10][11][12]. A cross-country comparison study [13] revealed that the governmental portals of both Lisbon (Portugal) and Brasilia (Brazil) demonstrated intensive provision of information and online searches but less on human and responsiveness dimension. Another study of the e-participation portal [14], specifically the case of Estonia's Osale.ee, ...
... In this article, the participatory governance in smart cities is examined through the proxy of e-participation concept. This approach is also similarly adopted by [13]. ...
... To answer the study objectives, the analyses were done mainly on the qualitative observations and supported by quantitative descriptive statistics. Firstly, to examine the status of participatory governance in smart cities through the proxy of e-participation (this approach is also adopted by [13]), the e-government platforms were qualitatively observed from the angle of e-information, e-consultation, and e-decision-making as conceptualized in [5]. As explained in the literature review section, e-information was analysed through variability and accessibility of information to the public without obstacles or upon demand. ...
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