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Persistent Creativity

Making the Case for Art, Culture and the Creative Industries


  • Analyses creativity in terms of specific policy and methods practices

  • Considers the role of festivals and competitions such as the European Capital of Culture

  • Offers nuanced, critical appraisal of logics underpinning discourse about creativity and culture


Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Peter Campbell
    Pages 9-38
  3. Peter Campbell
    Pages 39-84
  4. Peter Campbell
    Pages 275-284
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 285-290

About this book


“Campbell offers a forensic critique of the rise of creativity as central to economic and urban policy discourses in the UK over recent decades. Persistent Creativity is essential reading for anyone interested in the past and the future of the arts, culture and creativity, and how these can be used as the basis of urban policy.” – Susan Luckman, School of Creative Industries, University of South Australia, Australia


“In this punctiliously researched and incisive narrative, Campbell delves into the depths of the ‘Creativity Agenda’. Taking to task a variety of policy documents, statistics and literature, Persistent Creativity offers a unique contribution, questioning 'what exactly is meant by the term creativity?'” - Oli Mould, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK


 “Campbell's book offers a lucid and balanced account of creative industries policy, fundamental to scholars and policymakers alike.” - Kate Oakley, University of Glasgow, UK


Recent years have seen the increasing valuation and promotion of ‘creativity’. Future success, we are often assured, will rest on the creativity of our endeavours, often aligned specifically with ‘cultural’ activity. This book considers the emergence and persistence of this pattern, particularly with regards to cultural policy, and examines the methods and evidence deployed to make the case for art, culture and the creative industries. The origins of current practices are considered, as is the gradual accretion of a broad range of meanings around the term ‘creative’, and the implications this has for the success of the wider ‘Creativity Agenda’. The specific experience of the city of Liverpool in adopting and furthering this agenda both in the UK and beyond is considered, as is the persistence of a range of problematic, and often contradictory, assumptions and practices relating to this agenda up to the present day.


Creativity Capital of Culture Urban regeneration Creative industries Competition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

About the authors

Peter Campbell is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Liverpool, UK. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Persistent Creativity
  • Book Subtitle Making the Case for Art, Culture and the Creative Industries
  • Authors Peter Campbell
  • Series Title Sociology of the Arts
  • Series Abbreviated Title Sociology of the Arts
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-03118-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-03119-0
  • Series ISSN 2569-1414
  • Series E-ISSN 2569-1406
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 290
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Culture
    Cultural Policy and Politics
    Urban Studies/Sociology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“A book highlighting the positive benefits of creativity that the sector could use for advocacy Purposes. … This book provides a fascinating context for contemporary cultural and creative policy, and the topics covered are incredibly well researched. It is both challenging and inspirational … .” (Andrew Garrad, ArtsProfessional,, May 15, 2019)