We thank two IJURR referees who looked at an earlier draft for their comments and suggestions. The usual disclaimer applies.
A Conceptual Regulatory Framework for the Design and Evaluation of Complex, Participative Cultural Planning Strategies
Version of Record online: 23 AUG 2012
© 2012 Urban Research Publications Limited
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume 37, Issue 5, pages 1688–1706, September 2013
How to Cite
Sacco, P. L. and Crociata, A. (2013), A Conceptual Regulatory Framework for the Design and Evaluation of Complex, Participative Cultural Planning Strategies. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37: 1688–1706. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01159.x
- Issue online: 19 AUG 2013
- Version of Record online: 23 AUG 2012
- Cultural policies;
- cultural planning;
- complex systems theory;
- strategic matrix;
- collective decision-making
The current hype about culture-led local development models is causing an increasing interest in cultural policies in the broader context of urban policy. This is not necessarily a transitory situation bound to fade once the hype is over. Under certain conditions, there is room to believe that culture may indeed become a main development driver of urban systems. For this to happen, however, it is necessary to abandon simple mono-causal developmental schemes (such as the ‘creative class’ model) and look for more articulated approaches. This calls in turn for a complex systems-based conceptual framework that is at the same time rich enough to capture the complexity of the interdependences among policy and state variables, and manageable enough to be of practical use, not only for policy design professionals but also for local stakeholders who want to take part in collective decision-making processes. Inclusiveness and collective decision making are almost unavoidable in the case of cultural planning strategies, as the social sustainability of culture-based value creation processes crucially depends on boosting the level of access to cultural opportunities by local residents. In this article we present an approach that may be a tentative first step in this direction.