Sharing Cities: A worldwide cities overview on platform economy policies with a focus on Barcelona

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"This book is organized into three sections. Part one, “Sharing cities: Overview of platform economy policies” provides a chapter on public policy innovations at the field of platform economy, a chapter on policy reactions by cities worldwide, and, finally, a chapter on legal analysis of the challenges open up by the platform economy at current regulations and legal frames, with a focus on how far it has extended new forms of intellectual property. The second part, “Qualities and models of platforms”, provide a multidisciplinary analysis and framework of the platform economy, in three chapters. First, an introduction to the whole section on qualities and models of platforms, and argumentation on the necessity to overcome current frameworks with a multidisciplinary perspective. Finally, it presents the democratic multidisciplinary balance of the platform economy, including an application of the commons balance in 10 cases from Barcelona. Then, in the frame of a multidisciplinary analysis and state of the art, there are two chapters with disciplinary analysis of platform economy impacts: Inclusion and discrimination perspective, with a focus on gender, and environmental sustainability perspective.The third part provides a focus on the Barcelona ecosystem: A first chapter presents the policies developed by Barcelona City Council; a second one, maps a sample of 100 cases providing empirical insights with an analysis of the sample on the base of the multidisciplinary framework to assess platforms qualities and differentiate models presented in the previous chapter Finally, there is a historical presentation of the cultural and development roots of the vibrant collaborative oriented ecosystem in the city."


"The research presented in the book was directed by Mayo Fuster Morell and developed by Dimmons research team, and supported by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Barcelona City Council, and European Commission with the European project DECODE: DEcentralised Citizens Owned Data Ecosystem (European Project no. 732546)"