New Horizons in Regional Science series
Edited by Philip Cooke and Luciana Lazzeretti
This volume takes part in the recent debate on modern economies and the relationship between culture, creativity and models of local development. The issues of creativity and economic development are dealt with from many diﬀerent viewpoints in economic analysis. Concurrently with the advance of research aimed at exploring speciﬁc segments of the cultural industry, either with an economic or a managerial outlook, the debate runs to the inference that culture is a possible ﬂywheel of economic development for cities and places rich in cultural resources, as well as to the networks between cities of knowledge. The positive impact of cultural industries upon the ‘regional creative climate’ and the way in which culture tends to concentrate in places that have a high level of knowledge ‘diversity’ are also explored. On one side, the attempt is to focus on the organization of creative industries with the ambition of linking together with an ideal thread diﬀerent industries whose common feature is that of conveying new knowledge (such as those founded on culture, design or science). On the other side, the attempt is to identify key elements in order to understand and manage creativity in cultural industries, also asserting that their distinctive elements must be basically found in their dependence on creativity itself. The 2006 OECD report on Competitive Cities in the Global Economy underlines the strategic role of culture as a factor of sustainable economic development and emphasizes its ability to activate new ﬁlieres of innov` ation and to contribute...