GEOGRAPHIES OF FLOWERS AND FLOWER POWER: DO ARTS AND ECOLOGY AFFECT POLITICAL BEHAVIOR?

By Annie Tubadji and Valentina Montalto

In a moment of raising inequalities and high political discontent magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, it becomes of utmost importance to find effective ways not only to make people happy (again) but also to channel people’s dissatisfaction through constructive political debate. Using microdata from the World Values Survey, we study the relationship between ecological and arts activism and political behavior.

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IMPERIALIST FANTASIES AND POPULAR CULTURE: THE CASE OF TURKISH TV SOAPS

By Dimitra Laurence Larochelle

The worldwide success of Turkish soap operas has prompted many scholars to argue on the contribution of these cultural products to the county’s soft power abroad. Based on the data gathered during my survey on the reception of Turkish soap operas by Greeks, I examine the limits of the notion of soft power.

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THE POWER OF LOCAL NETWORKING: BOLOGNA’S MUSIC SCENE AS A CREATIVE COMMUNITY, 1978–1992

By Sabrina Pedrini and Pier Luigi Sacco

The creative industries have been regarded, for many years, as the soul of urban development. Among these, the music industry is particularly vibrant in Italy. In this study, we show how the city of Bologna has developed a vital cultural “humus” that characterised the brand of the city itself, thanks to particular socio-economic conditions. However, the engineering of cultural policies adopted since the 1990s is leading to greater individualism and a loss of cohesion even within the musical community, losing the identity that has made the “city’s fortune”.

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CAN WE MEASURE CULTURE IN CITIES?

By Valentina Montalto

Provided that culture uniquely defines a city, which urban contexts are more culturally vibrant? And in which ones does culture drive creative economies? This study presents a novel and freely accessible dataset – the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor – gathering 29 indicators for 168 European cities. Capitals generally lead on ‘Creative Economy’ but non-capitals do better on ‘Cultural Vibrancy’.

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CREATIVITY AND THE CITY: TESTING THE ATTENUATION OF AGGLOMERATION ECONOMIES FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

By Eva Coll-Martinez

Creative service industries (CSI)’s agglomeration rapidly decays with distance. This fact suggests that for CSI higher expected returns in terms of productivity arise from being agglomerated at the city centre. However, previous studies have not discussed how market potential effects could mitigate the agglomeration advantages for CSI. In this regard, I estimate the effects of having more near CSI firms on productivity in Barcelona controlling for specific neighbouring characteristics as demand factors and cultural amenities.

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THE IMPACT OF ARTISTS ON CONTEMPORARY URBAN DEVELOPMENT

By Monika Murzyn-Kupisz and Jarosław Działek

Cities have always functioned as focal points of civilisational and economic development, innovation and creativity, enabling regions and countries to uphold or improve their competitive position. Existing theoretical concepts referring to or incorporating artists seem too general and insufficient as full explanations of spatial and entrepreneurial patterns of artists’ activities in the urban space and further research seems necessary. We present a comprehensive edition, including case studies across all Europe. Continue reading “THE IMPACT OF ARTISTS ON CONTEMPORARY URBAN DEVELOPMENT”

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