The Geography of the Italian Creative Economy: The Special Role of the Design and Craft Based Industries
Regional Studies, 2013, Vol. 47(2), 135-147
22 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2008 Last revised: 28 Jan 2013
Date Written: December 28, 2010
Through employment and firms data we analyze the evolving structure of the Italian cultural economy and highlight diverging spatial and organizational patterns of cultural production systems in urban and regional areas. Whilst large metropolitan areas remain the most important loci of the creative economy, craft-based sectors and creative sys- tems of design have a tendency to locate in small and non metropolitan centers. Based on the historical formation of manufacturing districts and on the growing role of the cultural production and consumption systems in urban spaces, the Italian creative econ- omy provides an interesting case study to analyze the geographical patterns of cultural and creative industries. We extend previous literature on the geography of the creative and cultural economy by offering trough the italian case new insights as to idiosyncratic conditions in which cities and regions emerge as leading centers of cultural production and creativity.
Keywords: Italy, Cultural Economy, Cultural Industries, Creativity, SIC data
JEL Classification: R12, L8
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