This book presents an innovative analysis of the notion of culture applied to territorial and local development.

Moving from the traditional notion of culture and expanding it to new dimensions (creative and cultural industries) and new applications (cultural and creativity districts), the book focuses on the different channels through which cultural products impact local development and examines the three persectives necessary to foster economic growth and social cohesion through cultural activities: the ‘attraction paradigm’, the ‘dissemination paradigm’ and the ‘territorial culture paradigm’.

No ‘one-fit-all’ solution is suggested, as the local context is an essential critical factor for success in making culture work as a lever for local development, but examples of what works and what does not are given, together with policy recommendations for policymakers at national and local level.

This book witnesses and confirms the attention which the OECD/LEED Programme has paid and still pays to the importance of culture in the globalised knowledge economy. This attention was first expressed at an international seminar organised by the LEED Programme in September 2000, in Paris, on ‘The role of culture in local development and job creation’ and was the starting point of the analysis which resulted in this publication.

Creativity and culture are important and powerful levers both for personal and societal development. They are a driving force for economic growth, are at the core of ‘glocal’ competitiveness in the knowledge society and shape territories and local economies in a way which is both innovative and creative.

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