Re-scaling Governance in Berlin’s Creative Economy


  • Bastian Lange Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography Leipzig, Germany



Governance, Berlin, Creative Economy, scenes, scale


The paper aims at discussing the issue of governance in respect to creative scenes, a central structural element of the creative economy, exemplifying the case of Berlin. Berlin has a fast growing creative industry that has become the object of the city’s development policies and place marketing. The core question is: What are the spatial-organizational driving forces of creativity in Berlin - can they be steered by public administration? I am using Berlin as a reference case to articulate the gap between ’stateled planning’ on the one hand and the organisational practices of self-governed creative scenes on the other. I attempt to demonstrate why a perspective change in terms of re-scaling is necessary, in order to respond to the particular practices of emerging industries and their societal form ’scenes’. By re-scaling I mean the conceptualization of governance in different nonhierarchical organisational as well as spatial scales, based on the observation that scenes are considered to be a central element of the functionality of creative industries.


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How to Cite

Lange, B. (2011) “Re-scaling Governance in Berlin’s Creative Economy”, Culture Unbound, 3(2), pp. 187–208. doi: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.113187.



Theme: Creativity Unbound – Policies, Government and the Creative Industries