Cultural economy planning in creative cities : discourse and practice

Grodach, Carl (2013) Cultural economy planning in creative cities : discourse and practice. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(5), pp. 1747-1765.

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Abstract

While a growing body of research analyses the functional mechanisms of the cultural or creative economy, there has been little attention devoted to understanding how local governments translate this work into policy. Moreover, research in this vein focuses predominately on Richard Florida's creative class thesis rather than considering the wider body of work that may influence policy. This article seeks to develop a deeper understanding of how municipalities conceptualize and plan for the cultural economy through the lens of two cities held up as model ‘creative cities’ — Austin, Texas and Toronto, Ontario. The work pays particular attention to how the cities adopt and adapt leading theories, strategies and discourses of the cultural economy. While policy documents indicate that the cities embrace the creative city model, in practice agencies tend to adapt conventional economic development strategies for cultural economy activity and appropriate the language of the creative city for multiple purposes.

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ID Code: 74431
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01165.x
ISSN: 1468-2427
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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  • GOVERNMENT OF CANADA/n/a
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is the accepted version of the following article: Grodach, C. (2013), Cultural Economy Planning in Creative Cities: Discourse and Practice. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37: 1747–1765, which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01165.x
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2014 02:55
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 11:28

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