Book Chapter

The Creative Economy and the Development Agenda: The Use and Abuse of “Fast Policy”

C De Beukelaer, J O'Connor

Contemporary Perspectives on Art and International Development | Routledge | Published : 2017


Cultural policy-like all public policy-travels at different rates. Preparation for United Nations (UN) or other intergovernmental resolutions-on culture’s multiple links with the sustainability agenda, for example-can be painstaking, lumbering, exhausting and above all, slow. On the other hand, we have seen ‘fast policy’ (Peck 2002), where ideas such as the ‘creative city’ and the ‘creative economy’ gain immediate traction in their zone of origin and rapidly circulate through what has become a global circuit of such ‘fast’ cultural policy. ‘Fast policy’ is often dismissed as a superficial fad, a quick fix adopted without scrutiny, easily available to politicians and policy makers who do not ..

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