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Creative clusters: towards the governance of the creative industries production system?

Pratt, Andy C. (2004) Creative clusters: towards the governance of the creative industries production system? Media International Australia (112). pp. 50-66. ISSN 1329-878X

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to critically assess the notion of the creative cluster, and to consider whether it is an appropriate tool for the governance of the creative industries, or even a suitable point from which to begin an analysis of the creative industries. The paper argues that creative clusters are formally a sub-set of business clusters. A critique of the business clusters literature highlights its shortcomings: a focus on individual firm preferences and a lack of attention to non-economic, situated temporal and spatial variables; a lack of attention to the specificity of particular industries and their associated regulatory peculiarities; and finally, information issues associated with the operationalisation of the cluster model. The paper concludes with a discussion of an alternative approach, looking at a creative industries production system that would better meet the concerns of those seeking to govern the creative industries and creative clusters.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.uq.edu.au/emsah/mia/index.html
Additional Information: © 2004 Andy C. Pratt
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
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Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2008 13:12
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/21382/

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