China's New Creative Clusters: Governance, Human Capital and Investment

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Recognising that creativity is a major driving force in the post-industrial economy, the Chinese government has recently established a range of "creative clusters" – industrial parks devoted to media industries, and arts districts – in order to promote the development of the creative industries. This book examines these new creative clusters, outlining their nature and purpose, and assessing their effectiveness. It shows how large and exceptionally impressive creative clusters have been successfully established, ...

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China's New Creative Clusters: Governance, Human Capital and Investment

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Recognising that creativity is a major driving force in the post-industrial economy, the Chinese government has recently established a range of "creative clusters" – industrial parks devoted to media industries, and arts districts – in order to promote the development of the creative industries. This book examines these new creative clusters, outlining their nature and purpose, and assessing their effectiveness. It shows how large and exceptionally impressive creative clusters have been successfully established, but raises the important questions of whether profit or culture is the driving force, and of whether the bringing together of independent-minded, creative people, entrepreneurial businessmen, preferential policies and foreign investment may in time lead to unintended changes in social and political attitudes in China, including a weakening of state bureaucratic power.

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"Keane’s latest book on ‘creative clusters’ raises important questions, and these questions alone make this a valuable and durable study for researchers and professionals working on China." - Thomas J. Berghuis, University of Sydney, Australia; China Information 2012 26: 381
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Michael Keane is Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Culture, commerce and creativity in China 2. Redesigning China’s creative space 3. Infrastructure, human capital and regional investment 4. Animation: the great catch-up strategy 5. Art districts: the pin-up child of the Chinese creative economy 6. Beijing: creative capital or state managed openness? 7. Related variety cluster: the innovation ecology revisited 8. The impact of the creative economy on Chinese society and culture

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