New economy, new governance approaches? Fostering creativity and knowledge in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region
Authors: Pareja-Eastaway, Montserrat; i Miquel, Marc Pradel
Source: Creative Industries Journal, Volume 3, Number 1, 1 October 2010 , pp. 29-46(18)
Abstract:Changes in governance are fostering the creative and knowledge economy around Europe. The aim of this article is to show how different institutions and governance mechanisms contribute to promoting the creative and knowledge economy as the cornerstone of economic growth in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region (BMR). Not only will the involvement of public, private and societal actors be explored, but also the relationship between different municipalities and geographical scales.
Departing from an institutional and economic perspective, our analysis aims to answer the following research questions on the basis of the comparison of two case studies: the 22, the digital district of Barcelona, and the Consortium of Employment and Economic Promotion of the Valls Occidental (CEDEVO). The article considers whether there is any common path (an agreement, a clear leadership, involvement of private funding) followed by institutions to promote the creative and knowledge economy. It questions to what extent experience can be transferred between different situations, and how existing context and embeddedness should be taken into account. As this article will show, governance arrangements and adjustments to the existing context have played a key role in both experiences in promoting the creative and knowledge economy.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Barcelona.
Publication date: 1 October 2010
- The scope of the Creative Industries Journal is global, primarily aimed at those studying and practicing activities which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent, and which have a potential for wealth creation. These activities primarily take place in advertising, architecture, the art and antiques market, crafts, design, fashion, film, interactive leisure software, music, the performing arts, publishing, television and radio.We are pleased to announce that the Creative Industries Journal has been included in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) list 2010.
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