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Design in a downturn? Creative work, labour market dynamics and institutions in comparative perspective

Tara Vinodrai

in Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Published on behalf of Cambridge Political Economy Society

Volume 6, issue 1, pages 159-176
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 1752-1378
Published online July 2012 | e-ISSN: 1752-1386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rss011
Design in a downturn? Creative work, labour market dynamics and institutions in comparative perspective

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This article examines how creative workers are adapting to the global economic downturn and how this process is unfolding in different national and regional institutional spaces. The article draws upon a comparative study of design work in two urban settings in advanced capitalist economies (Toronto, Canada and Copenhagen, Denmark) to explore this question. It demonstrates that the strategies taken by creative workers to respond to changing economic conditions are actively shaped and constrained by their geographic and institutional contexts. The article underscores that the existing national and regional institutions provide the foundation for the future possibilities, welfare and prosperity of creative workers.

Keywords: design; labour markets; institutions; creative class; Canada; Denmark; O18; P5; R23; Z10

Journal Article.  10205 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Economic Systems ; Economic Sociology ; Household Analysis ; Economic Development

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