Recognising that most of Indonesia’s smart city programmes are initiated by local governments, this chapter argues that perceived bureaucratic readiness matters in smart city implementation. Drawing from a qualitative study in Yogyakarta City, it identifies four dimensions that shape the bureaucracy's perceived readiness for smart city initiatives: political and administrative commitment; legal support; information technology infrastructure and expertise; and governance strategies and structures. Since our proposed dimensions are exploratory in nature, further studies may develop and test them as measures of perceived bureaucratic readiness.
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