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Capitalising on culture: Cities and the changing landscape of cultural policy

Griffiths, Ron; Bassett, Keith; Smith, Ian


Ron Griffiths

Keith Bassett


Over the last two decades, the cultural sphere appears to have gained a more central role in urban policy and urban governance. This article gives an outline of the changing cultural policy landscape in the UK over the last decade, and then explores the significance of this changing landscape from the standpoint of one of the country's main regional cities. It argues that there has been a growing congruence between national and local cultural policy discourses, but that a number of deep-seated issues remain.


Griffiths, R., Bassett, K., & Smith, I. (2003). Capitalising on culture: Cities and the changing landscape of cultural policy. Policy and Politics, 31(2), 153-170.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2003
Journal Policy and Politics
Print ISSN 1470-8442
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 2
Pages 153-170
Keywords culture, cities, cultural policy
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Additional Information Additional Information : Equal co-author. Reports on work undertaken as part of the ESRC Cities programme. Built on early ideas presented in papers led or solely authored by Smith at Urban Affairs Association (Los Angeles, 2000) and Planning Research Conference (LSE, 2000).