THREE PROVOCATIONS FOR CIVIC CROWDFUNDING

Rodrigo Davies

Abstract


The rapid rise of crowdfunding in the past five years, most prominently among US- based platforms such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, has begun to attract the attention of a wide range of scholars, policymakers and practitioners. As the industry evolves, it is developing a range of specialist sub-genres and platforms, from politics to manufacturing. This paper considers civic crowdfunding – the use of crowdfunding for projects that produce community or quasi-public assets – and argues that its emergence demands a fresh set of questions and approaches.


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