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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 ...

Cultures and Cities: Some Policy Implications
Cultures and cities: Some policy implications
Yudhishthir RajIsar

This chapter brings together a selection of messages in the volume that bear on how policy is either implemented or envisioned. As regards implementation, it focuses on three issues: long-term vision and continuity, transversality and robust cultural mapping. As regards ‘vision’ issues, it warns against the perverse outcomes of cultural infrastructure-led urban regeneration policy, it argues for cultural democracy rather than cultural democratization, it urges caution in the use of the ‘creativity’ paradigm but far greater audacity with respect to the challenges of cultural diversity and sustainable development. As the experience of the city of Barcelona is both exemplary and emblematic – displaying a range of noteworthy policy positions, as well as some ...

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