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The Pioneers and Frontiers of Creativity: Consultants and the Birth of European Creative and Cultural Industries Policy
Linköping University. (Tema Q)
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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creative industries, consultants, cultural policy, the EU
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Social Sciences Humanities
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120894OAI: diva2:849347
The 7th Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Telemark University College, Bø, Norway, 25-27 August 2015

In this paper I historicize the introduction of creative/cultural industries in the European Union governmental framework with an aim to argue for the importance of the role of experts and consultants in this process. I offer a historical analysis of the institutional landscape in which the idea of creative/cultural industries originated and was disseminated with an aim to highlight a serendipitous travel of creative/cultural industries between national and transnational agendas. The key original contribution of this paper is the demonstration that the rise of creative/cultural industries was a symptom of an extension of expert governance to culture, where expertise was dominated by several consulting agencies, which developed in a symbiotic relation with the EU governmental bodies. The result is the discursive construction of creative/cultural industries as a frontier of the future European economic growth. Conceived as a frontier, creative/cultural industries are posited as an object of macro-economic policy. The study asks, if this approach disadvantages local cultural operators and economies and downplays the traditional socio-political role of European culture as a source of building social cohesion. 

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