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Today is a new metropolitan age and for the first time ever more people live in cities than they do anywhere else. As cities strengthen their international and cultural influence, the global world is acted out most articulately in the world's urban hubs — through its diverse cultures, broad networks and innovative styles of governance. Looking at the city through its internal dynamics, the book examines how governance and cultural policy play out in a national and international framework.

Making a truly global contribution to the literature, editors Isar and Anheier bring together a truly international and highly-respected collection of scholars. In doing so, they skilfully steer debates beyond the city as an economic powerhouse, to cover issues that fully comprehend a city's cultural dynamics and ...

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AsuAksoy and KevinRobins

This profile of Istanbul explores recent developments that bear on cultural policy and cultural regulation in the city. Istanbul is a rapidly developing metropolis seeking to position itself in the context of the world system of ‘global cities’. As with all such cities, neoliberal dynamics hold sway. The authors analyze the new dynamics in one particular municipality, Beyoğlu, located at the very heart of the city, whose cultural, leisure and historical composition make it central to the developments that have brought such slogans as ‘cool Istanbul’ into circulation. They focus on the strategies the Municipality, run by the conservative and religiously-oriented Justice and Development Party (AKP), has adopted to deal ...

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