The Creative Economy: Patterning the Future

Cunningham, Stuart D. (2007) The Creative Economy: Patterning the Future. Dialogue: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 26(1), pp. 15-23.


The creative economy is a hard fish to catch, a difficult category to nail down. But it is bigger and broader than we think, and is much more than culture and the arts. The usual arguments in favour of support for the arts have served us well for a long time. For fifty years or more, cultural economists have given governments good reason to subsidise the arts, with usually bipartisan goodwill. The idea of the cultural industries the large, mostly commercial, businesses in broadcasting, music and film which deliver popular culture has given governments reasons to regulate and develop modern cultural policies to support them, and they have done so since the 1960s with a similar commitment. However, the arts are now essentially in steady-state mode with respect to state support, while the business models of the cultural industries are facing confronting challenges. The three Ts technology (the Internet, games and mobile devices), taste (Generations X and Y and the ‘millenials’ are not into the mass media in the same way as their elders were), and talent (creatively and technologically literate young people are finding other creative channels) are presenting a formidable challenge to the traditional arguments. What is urgently needed is a forward-looking view of what a ‘creative economy’ might look like, and what it might take to strengthen it. We propose a shift from a sector-specific attention to the creative industries as one part of the economy, to the creative economy where creative occupations and intermediate outputs provide a significant input to wider innovation and growth.

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ID Code: 12163
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Creative Economy, creative industries, innovation, innovation policy
ISSN: 1441-8460
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Arts and Cultural Policy (160502)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Stuart D. Cunningham
Deposited On: 22 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 10:47

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