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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 ...

Cities and Universities: A Virtual Cultural Policy Nexus
Cities and universities: A virtual cultural policy nexus

Universities are obviously important cultural players, yet they are rarely associated with cultural policy-making at the municipal level. The author of this essay explores the unexploited potential of city–university partnerships for the sake of a different kind of ‘joined-up’ approach to cultural policy that can benefit urban populations at large as well as the academic communities. He discusses various complementarities of interests, cites a number of exemplary cases or practices, as well as failed initiatives, and finally makes a number of practical recommendations for both university administrators and municipal authorities.


Cities and their cultural strategies have occupied the central place in the cultural policy discourse for more than a decade, thanks ...

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