My reason for being on leave from QUT at present is to complete a book for Sage. The book will be called Creative Industries, Culture and Policy, and is to be published in 2009.
In order to solicit feedback in advance of publication, I am making draft chapters available for comment. These are not to be reproduced, and only to be quoted with permission. I would, however, welcome comment on the blog.
Chapter One deals with the development of creative industries policy in Britain from the mid 1990s to the present. I argue that it has its origin in the ‘local socialism’ initiatives of various UK local councils in the 1980s and early 1990s, as well as the question of what may constitute a ‘post-industrial’ Britain after the economic changes of the Thatcher-Major years.
The chapter look at the original Department of Culture, Media and Sport ‘list-based’ approach to the creative industries and the criticisms of it. It look at further issues arising, such as regionalisation, the role of the arts, and the significance attached to design in the 2006 Cox Report.
It concludes with a consideration of the approaches taken by NESTA and The Work foundation to capacity building in the creative industries sectors.
If you are interested in downloading the draft chapter, it can be found here.
I would welcome feedback on the chapter. In particular, it does not at this stage have a conclusion, as I am thinking through the relationship of creative industries policy to the current, and seemingly terminal, electoral malaise of Gordon Brown’s Labour government, and the question of whether this would continue to be a priority policy area under a future Conservative government.