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Creative class politics: unions and the creative economy

Coles, Amanda 2016, Creative class politics: unions and the creative economy, International journal of cultural policy, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 456-472, doi: 10.1080/10286632.2014.994612.

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Title Creative class politics: unions and the creative economy
Author(s) Coles, Amanda
Journal name International journal of cultural policy
Volume number 22
Issue number 3
Start page 456
End page 472
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1028-6632
Keyword(s) creative economy
cultural labour
policy advocacy
Summary This article examines how cultural workers participate in the construction and contestation of the creative economy at the policy level. An analysis of the role unions play in the film and television industry association FilmOntario demonstrates the paradox that the creative economy, as an economic development strategy, presents to the cultural workforce. FilmOntario has succeeded in attracting a high volume of work to the province through film and television tax credit advocacy. Although FilmOntario’s success in policy advocacy is deeply tied to union resources, the unions’ decision to work within creative economy discourses, and in association with employers, has prevented core issues related to the quality of work from being articulated as a function of policy design. The argument is that the discursive and associational choices unions, as the collective voice of the (creative) working class, make as policy actors have a significant impact on the degree to which cultural labour problems are understood as cultural policy problems.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10286632.2014.994612
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
160502 Arts and Cultural Policy
2001 Communication And Media Studies
2002 Cultural Studies
1504 Commercial Services
Socio Economic Objective 910205 Industry Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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