1st Edition

The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy Global Perspectives

Edited By Carl Grodach, Daniel Silver Copyright 2013
    288 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy brings together a range of international experts to critically analyze the ways that governmental actors and non-governmental entities attempt to influence the production and implementation of urban policies directed at the arts, culture, and creative activity. Presenting a global set of case studies that span five continents and 22 cities, the essays in this book advance our understanding of how the dynamic interplay between economic and political context, institutional arrangements, and social networks affect urban cultural policy-making and the ways that these policies impact urban development and influence urban governance. The volume comparatively studies urban cultural policy-making in a diverse set of contexts, analyzes the positive and negative outcomes of policy for different constituencies, and identifies the most effective policy directions, emerging political challenges, and most promising opportunities for building effective cultural policy coalitions.

    The volume provides a comprehensive and in-depth engagement with the political process of urban cultural policy and urban development studies around the world. It will be of interest to students and researchers interested in urban planning, urban studies and cultural studies.

    Introduction: Urbanizing Cultural Policy Carl Grodach and Daniel Silver  Part 1: Urban Cultural Policy as an Object of Governance  1. A Different Class: Politics and Culture in London Kate Oakley  2. Chicago from the Political Machine to the Entertainment Machine Terry Nichols Clark and Daniel Silver  3. Brecht in Bogotá: How Cultural Policy Transformed a Clientelist Political Culture Eleonora Pasotti  4. Notes of Discord: Urban Cultural Policy in the Confrontational City Arie Romein and Jan Jacob Trip  5. Cultural Policy and the State of Urban Development in the Capital of South Korea Jon Youl Lee and Chad Anderson  Part 2: Rewriting the Creative City Script  6. Creativity and Urban Regeneration: The Role of La Tohu and the Cirque du Soleil in the Saint-Michel neighborhood in Montréal Deborah Leslie and Norma Rantisi  7. City Image and the Politics of Music Policy in the "Live Music Capital of the World" Carl Grodach  8. "To Have and To Need": Reorganizing Cultural Policy as Panacea for Berlin’s Urban and Economic Woes Doreen Jakob  9. Urban Cultural Policy, City Size, and Proximity Chris Gibson and Gordon Waitt  Part 3: The Implications of Urban Cultural Policy Agendas for Creative Production  10. The New Cultural Economy and its Discontents: Governance Innovation and Policy Disjuncture in Vancouver Tom Hutton and Catherine Murray  11. Creating Urban Spaces for Culture, Heritage, and the Arts in Singapore: Balancing Policy-led Development and Organic Growth Lily Kong  12. Maastricht – From Treaty Town to European Capital of Culture Graeme Evans  13. Rethinking Arts Policy and Creative Production: the case of Los Angeles Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Vivian Ho  Part 4: Coalition Networks, Alliances, and Identity Framing  14. When Worlds Collide: The Politics of Cultural Economy Policy in New York Michael Indergaard  15. What’s in the Fridge? Counter-mobilization in Post-industrial Urban "Cultural" Development Stephen Sawyer  16. Urban Cultural Policy in Spain: Governing the Entertainment Machine Clemente Navarro  17. Planned and Spontaneous Arts Development: Notes from Portland Samuel Shaw  18. Local Politics in the Creative City: The Case of Toronto Daniel Silver


    Carl Grodach is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Arlington, USA. His research, which focuses on the urban development impacts of cultural planning and policy has most recently been published in the Community Development Journal, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Journal of Urban Affairs.

    Daniel Silver is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research investigates the role of culture in urban development, and has appeared in Social Forces, Sociological Theory, The Canadian Journal of Sociology, The Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society, and Theory, Culture, and Society.