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Design in a downturn? Creative work, labour market dynamics and institutions in comparative perspective

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This article examines how creative workers are adapting to the global economic downturn and how this process is unfolding in different national and regional institutional spaces. The article draws upon a comparative study of design work in two urban settings in advanced capitalist economies (Toronto, Canada and Copenhagen, Denmark) to explore this question. It demonstrates that the strategies taken by creative workers to respond to changing economic conditions are actively shaped and constrained by their geographic and institutional contexts. The article underscores that the existing national and regional institutions provide the foundation for the future possibilities, welfare and prosperity of creative workers. Copyright 2012, Oxford University Press.

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  • Tara Vinodrai, 2012. "Design in a downturn? Creative work, labour market dynamics and institutions in comparative perspective," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Cambridge Political Economy Society, vol. 6(1), pages 159-176.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cjrecs:v:6:y:2012:i:1:p:159-176
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    1. Neil Lee & Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2014. "Creativity, Cities, and Innovation," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 46(5), pages 1139-1159, May.
    2. Oliver Ibert & Suntje Schmidt, 2014. "Once You Are In You Might Need to Get Out: Adaptation and Adaptability in Volatile Labor Markets—the Case of Musical Actors," Social Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(1), pages 1-23, January.

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