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Creative Clusters: Towards the governance of the creative industries production system?

Pratt, A.C. (2004). Creative Clusters: Towards the governance of the creative industries production system?. Media International Australia, 112(1), pp. 50-66. doi: 10.1177/1329878x0411200106


The aim of this paper is to critically assess the notion of the creative cluster, and to consider whether it is an appropriate tool for the governance of the creative industries, or even a suitable point from which to begin an analysis of the creative industries. The paper argues that creative clusters are formally a sub-set of business clusters. A critique of the business clusters literature highlights its short comings: namely a focus on individual firm preferences and a lack of attention to non-economic, situated (temporal and spatial) variables; a lack of attention to the specificity of particular industries and their associated regulatory peculiarities; and, finally, information issues associated with the operationalisation of the cluster model. The paper concludes with a discussion of an alternative approach, namely looking at the creative industries production system, that would better meet the concerns of those seeking to govern the creative industries and creative clusters.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Media International Australia, 2004.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Culture & the Creative Industries
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