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Assessing the role of design in local and regional economies

Bell, D. and Jayne, Mark 2003. Assessing the role of design in local and regional economies. International Journal of Cultural Policy 9 (3) , pp. 265-284. 10.1080/1028663032000161696

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This article examines the role of design in local and regional economies. A definition of design is outlined and then utilised in an assessment of a number of local and regional design‐led economic development strategies in the UK. A more detailed critique of one such scheme, the North Staffordshire Design Initiative, is then undertaken. We argue that the production and consumption of design, and its interpenetration with regulation, representation and identity, must underpin such strategies. We show that there is a lack of empirical research and best‐practice models to guide policy makers. It is concluded that if design is to be effectively utilised as a motor for development, then its discursive construction (its political, economic, socio‐spatial and cultural constituents) in local and regional contexts must be more fully understood. To this end a number of policy implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creative industries, Cultural policy, Design, Local and regional development strategies
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1028-6632
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 02:57

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