This paper was due to be presented to the 2013 conference of the World Association for Political Economy, in Florianopolis, Brasil. In the event, the author was unable to attend.
It tries to draw out the policy conclusions for economic and human development of creative industries research to date, addressing three fundamental structural problems:
- In what technologies should a modernising, developmental strategy focus?
- What is the relation between economic and human development and how can the latter be assured by the course of the first?
- What technological and social choices will make it possible both to expand economic activity and to reduce the consumption of resources, with all the attendant risks that beset modern development strategies including dependency on resource exploitation and the sustainability of the chosen growth path
The paper is based on a lecture given to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in November 2012 which is included in the post.