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The SNP, Cultural Policy and the Idea of the ‘Creative Economy’

Philip Schlesinger

in The Modern SNP

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672080 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639908.003.0011
The SNP, Cultural Policy and the Idea of the ‘Creative Economy’

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This chapter deals with the influence of the Scottish National Party (SNP) on cultural policy and creative economy. Scotland's asymmetrical institutional framework and policy capacity across the interlinked fields of broadcasting and culture is shown. The Scottish Broadcasting Commission (SBC)'s recommendation came at a time of great volatility in television. Scotland has a plurality of supply in public service broadcasting. The demand for ‘broadcasting devolution’ has been deeply entangled with control over the news agenda in Scotland. The neo-liberal assumptions embedded in the New Labour project live on in the SNP's proposed cultural lead body. The Labour government appears to be reluctant to yield any control over broadcasting developments in Scotland. Much now hangs on whether a workable structure emerges from Creative Scotland's long and unsettling gestation period.

Keywords: cultural policy; creative economy; Scottish National Party; Creative Scotland; Scottish Broadcasting Commission; television; broadcasting; New Labour

Chapter.  4895 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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