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The Effective Design and Implementations of Policies in Smart Cities Contexts: A Conceptual Framework on Socio-Digital-Planning Environment

  • Harish Kumar
  • M. P. Gupta
Part of the Advances in Theory and Practice of Emerging Markets book series (ATPEM)


The cities and urban areas are complex social ecosystems in any country. The smart city encompasses smart solutions for the urban development with the help of high-end technology to resolve the existing issues of urbanism and to improve the living environment and services for the residing citizens. The smartness in smart cities could be introduced by the integration of multimodal sensors, technological devices, telecommunications, computer-based technologies, analytics, and real-time response system into the city infrastructure. For this, effective policies are needed with the proper planning of the implementation especially in the large countries. The chapter proposes a conceptual framework to design effective policies and implementations for the smart city development. The indicators are selected from the vast literature studies. All the indicators have been classified into four groups. The results explain the socio-digital environment structure to enhance the smart city policy design with the help of planning, citizens’ centricity, digital space, and city government. The chapter would form the basis for new learners, policymakers, city planners, and government officials to understand, learn, and gain knowledge on effective policy design and implementations to develop the urban space as a smart city.


City government Digital space Policy design Smart cities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harish Kumar
    • 1
  • M. P. Gupta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management StudiesIndian Institute of Technology, IIT DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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