Creativity and socio‐economic development: space for the interests of publics

Sacchetti, Francesco; Sacchetti, Silvia and Sugden, Roger (2009). Creativity and socio‐economic development: space for the interests of publics. International Review of Applied Economics, 23(6) pp. 653–672.



Emphasising power in strategic choice, we consider people in actual and potential publics kindling their imagination and ideas in order to shape new directions in the economies in which they have an interest. This paper proposes ‘public creativity forums’, spaces defined by relations aimed at free communication and based upon shared values, including openness. Artistic activities are highlighted as a viaticum for people’s creativity, hence for their potential significance in influencing development in any sector or region. The case of self‐styled Mutoids is presented following original ethnographic research. These prospects are positioned in an analysis of transnational corporations, uneven economic development, choices over globalisation and regional competitiveness.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 41564
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1465-3486
  • Extra Information
  • Special Issue: The Economics of Creativity: Efficiency, Competitiveness and Development
  • Keywords
  • creative space; artistic activities; strategic choice; public interests; Mutoids; ethnography
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
    Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2009 Taylor & Francis
  • Depositing User
  • Silvia Sacchetti