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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 ...

Rich but Divided… the Politics of Cultural Policy in London
Rich but divided… the politics of cultural policy in London

In the United Kingdom, cultural policy has become closely entwined with the use of culture as a resource for economic development, particularly under the ‘creative industries’ discourse. The promotion of such economic arguments at the city level could be seen as the triumph of neoliberal urban governance models but is more complex than that, as it blends social democratic approaches with more neoliberal-inflected urban entrepreneurialism. Traditional policy concerns of access, identity or education have never disappeared, though they have often been remade in other guises and with different language. The author explores this mix of urban governance models and its impacts on the cultural politics of ...

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