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GARCIA, BEATRIZ (2004)

Cultural Policy and Urban Regeneration in Western European Cities: Lessons from Experience, Prospects for the Future.

LOCAL ECONOMY 19 (4): 312326.

ABSTRACT: This paper reviews the uses of cultural policy and planning as tools of urban regeneration in western European cities. Following a brief assessment of the evolution of European cultural policy in recent decades, the paper studies the origins and development of the European City/Capital of Culture programme and explores the experience of cities considered to have succeeded in re-imaging and regenerating themselves through cultural activity and special events. The paper ends with a reflection on the notion of cultural planning and its potential as an integrated alternative to urban cultural policy, and offers recommendations for further development within the UK context.

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