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Creative Cities, Cultural Clusters And Local Economic Development

Philip Cooke , Luciana Lazzeretti

Edited by Philip Cooke, formerly University Research Professor in Regional Development and Director, Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and Luciana Lazzeretti, Professor of Cultural Economics, University of Florence, Italy

2007 384 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 268 0
ebook isbn 978 1 84720 994 8

Hardback £106.00 on-line price £95.40


Series: New Horizons in Regional Science series

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‘Each of the 14 papers contained in this volume provides a comprehensive evaluation of the culture-creativity-local development relationship. The volume represents an important addition to the regional development genre, and is essential reading for academics, policymakers, city councillors and those engaged in the cultural and creative sectors.’
– Economic Outlook and Business Review

Contributors: F. Belussi, R. Boix, F. Capone, T. Cinti, P. Cooke, P. Costa, O. Crevoisier, T. Cuccia, L. De Propris, L. Frederiksen, A.Y. Hing, L. Hypponen, L. Kebir, L. Lazzeretti, M. Lorenzen, M. Marrelli, L. Palma Martos, M.L. Palma Martos, W. Santagata, S.R. Sedita, R. Smith, J. Trullén, K. Warfield

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This book analyses the economic development of cities from the ‘cultural economy’ and ‘creative industry’ perspectives, examining and differentiating them as two related but distinct segments of contemporary city economies. The authors argue that although they are normally conflated, the first is largely subsidized while the second is highly entrepreneurial hence they actually make very different kinds of contribution to a city’s character, attractiveness and competitiveness.

Creative Cities, Cultural Clusters and Local Economic Development also examines the nature of agglomeration economies, drawing on evidence from two types of clustering activity based in the cultural economy. The first type is exemplified in the chapter analysing the long-established Florentine art restoration cluster beside the Arno that exports its services globally to other art cities such as Kyoto. The second type is denoted by creative industry clusters such as new media, film-making and music in a variety of city contexts. The book concludes with an invaluable review and mapping of these developments in relation to their contributions to the city economies, labour markets and societies in which they operate.

The book will appeal to academics and scholars of urban and regional studies and cultural economics. Policymakers and others involved in the creative industries and the cultural economy will also find much to engage them.

Full table of contents



Creative Cities: An Introduction
Philip Cooke and Luciana Lazzeretti

1. Culture, Clusters, Districts and Quarters: Some Reflections on the Scale Question
Philip Cooke

2. Cultural Resources and Regional Development: The Case of the Cultural Legacy of Watchmaking
Leïla Kebir and Olivier Crevoisier

3. Cultural Clusters and Districts: The State of the Art
Tommaso Cinti

4. The Cultural Districtualization Model
Luciana Lazzeretti

5. Collective Trademarks and Cultural Districts: The Case of San Gregorio Armeno, Naples
Tiziana Cuccia, Massimo Marrelli and Walter Santagata

6. Fixed Book Pricing in Spain: A Debate between Economic Efficiency and Cultural Diversity
Maria Luisa Palma Martos and Luís Palma Martos

7. Why do Cultural Industries Cluster? Localization, Urbanization, Products and Projects
Mark Lorenzen and Lars Frederiksen

8. Creativity, Innovation and Territorial Agglomeration in Cultural Activities: The Roots of the Creative City
Pedro Costa

9. Knowledge Externalities and Networks of Cities in the Creative Metropolis
Joan Trullén and Rafael Boix

10. The Management of ‘Events’ in the Veneto Performing Music Cluster: Bridging Latent Networks and Permanent Organizations
Fiorenza Belussi and Silvia Rita Sedita

11. Creative Clusters and Governance: The Dominance of the Hollywood Film Cluster
Lisa De Propris and Laura Hypponen

12. The Creative City: A Matter of Values
Richard Smith and Katie Warfield

13. Evolving Singapore: The Creative City
Hing Ai Yun

14. Mapping and Analysing Creative Systems in Italy (1991–2001)
Francesco Capone


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