8 September 2009

Cultural policy and urban regeneration in Western European cities: lessons from experience, prospects for the future

Author: Beatriz Garciacutea

Journal Local Economy, Volume 19, Issue 4 November 2004 , pages 312 - 326


This paper reviews the uses of cultural policy and planning as tools of urban regeneration in western European cities. Following a brief assessment of the evolution of European cultural policy in recent decades, the paper studies the origins and development of the European City/Capital of Culture programme and explores the experience of cities considered to have succeeded in re-imaging and regenerating themselves through cultural activity and special events. The paper ends with a reflection on the notion of cultural planning and its potential as an integrated alternative to urban cultural policy, and offers recommendations for further development within the UK context.
Keywords: cultural policy; regeneration; city marketing; European City/Capital of Europe; city planning; urban policy

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