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New article from Yuliya Voytenko Palgan and Oksana Mont

Governing the sharing economy: Towards a comprehensive analytical framework of municipal governance
Municipal governance model

Sharing and the City researcher Associate Professor Yuliya Voytenko Palgan and Principal investigator of Urban Sharing project Professor Oksana Mont, together with the IIIEE aluma Simo Sulkakoski, have recently published an article in the international peer reviewed journal Cities. In their new article “Governing the sharing economy: Towards a comprehensive analytical framework of municipal governance”, the authors developed a comprehensive analytical framework for municipal governance of the sharing economy, comprising five municipal governance mechanisms: regulating, providing, enabling, self-governing, collaborating, and eleven roles. The framework is informed by literature and rich empirical data from 139 interviews with diverse sharing economy actors in seven global cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Gothenburg, London, Malmö, San Francisco & Toronto. The framework contributes to knowledge on municipal governance by offering a holistic classification of mechanisms and roles of municipal governance relating to the sharing economy. The framework has also value for urban policy and planning, as it can help municipalities navigate the governance complexity and become more agile when engaging with sharing economy organisations.

Article Highlights

  • Many municipalities are challenged by the development of the sharing economy.
  • Municipal governance mechanisms of the sharing economy are poorly understood.
  • New comprehensive analytical framework of municipal governance is developed.
  • 5 mechanisms (regulating/providing/enabling/self-governing/collaborating), 11 roles
  • Empirics: Amsterdam, Berlin, Gothenburg, London, Malmö, San Francisco & Toronto

Earlier Yuliya Voytenko Palgan developed six short films, in which she discusses the framework and each of the municipal governance mechanisms providing examples from global cities. These films are part of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Sharing Cities: Governance and Urban Sustainability developed and offered by the IIIEE at Lund University. Yuliya has also written six blogs on Shareable about each of these films. Links to these blogs are available in Yuliya’s blogpost on Sharing and the City website, which tells the story about how the films have been made.

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