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[ecrea] New book - Culture, Economy and Politics

Fri Sep 18 20:42:28 GMT 2015

Below are details of a new book, just out in hardcover and e-book. Here
are links from which you can buy it, or suggest it to your library.

For UK, Europe and “rest of world” (i.e., notUSA and Canada):

For the USA and Canada:

Some details follow.

Best wishes,

David Hesmondhalgh, University of Leeds


*Culture, Economy and Politics: The Case of New Labour*

‘It is hard to imagine a more empirically rich or more theoretically
subtle account of the making, implementation and impact of cultural
policy/. Culture, Economy and Politics/ is true to its title; it weaves
together the multiple interests and actors that shaped and delivered New
Labour’s agenda. The result is a revelation; it should change how we
understand and study the politics of culture.’ – John Street, University
of East Anglia, UK

‘This is a truly marvellous, important and timely book. It is rigorously
researched, analytically sharp, and will be of interest to a wide
readership in academia as well as in the cultural policy world. The
authors have produced an invaluable volume, tracking the rise of the
creative economy as a flagship of the New Labour years. This is a work
that will have lasting influence and will give shape to debates in the
field for many years to come.’ – Angela McRobbie, Goldsmiths University
of London, UK

‘As the first study to assess the influential cultural policies of New
Labour in the round, this is an important, wide-ranging and very welcome
contribution to the field.’ – Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow, UK

This book provides a major contribution to understanding of policy,
politics, culture and the arts, via a case study of the UK New Labour
government’s cultural policies (1997-2010). How distinctive were these
policies? Were they a reinvention of social democratic goals or an
abandonment of them? Who were the key decision makers and what interests
were they pursuing? And what impact did Labour’s policies have on the
cultural landscape and on society more generally? To answer these
questions, /Culture, Economy and Politics/ makes use of extensive
interviews with major players, including senior politicians, civil
servants and arts administrators. It also draws on a wealth of
literature, including previously unexamined documents, and on a wide
range of social and political theory. It tells the story of cultural
policy at a time of profound social and political change, covering the
arts, copyright, heritage, the creative industries, urban regeneration
and regional policy. But it also illustrates the problems facing efforts
to pursue social justice in the realm of arts and culture, and in public
polic, in an era in which economic goals dominate government agendas.

David Hesmondhalgh is Professor of Media, Music and Culture at the
University of Leeds, UK

Kate Oakley is Professor of Cultural Policy at the University of Leeds, UK.

David Lee is Lecturer in Cultural Industries and Communication at the
University of Leeds, UK.

Melissa Nisbett is Senior Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management at
King’s College London, UK.

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