Creative industries policy in Thailand

A story of rise and demise

Authored by: Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs

Routledge Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138959927
eBook ISBN: 9781315660509
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315660509-3

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Abstract

The gradual emergence of creative industries policy (CIP) on the Thai public policy agenda from the early 2000s needs to be understood in the context of a rapidly growing international debate about creative industries (CI), creative economy (CE) and CIP, dating back at least to the 1990s (Cunningham 2007, 2009a, 2009b; DCMS 1998, 2001; Flew 2012, 2013; Florida 2002, 2005; Hartley 2005; Hartley et al. 2013; Hesmondhalgh 2008, 2013; Hesmondhalgh and Pratt 2005; Howkins 2002; Keane 2007, 2009, 2013; Kong et al. 2006; Kong and O’Connor 2009; Lee 2010, 2014; Oakley 2004; O’Connor 2000, 2010; Pratt 2005, 2015; Pratt and Jeffcutt 2009; Throsby 2008). This debate was fuelled both by academic analyses and by contributions from practitioners, public agencies, and international organisations (UNCTAD, UNESCO, and WIPO). There was some confluence of academic and practitioner-led debate, with an emphasis on four, partly overlapping, areas of debate: (1) differing interpretations of key related concepts, such as creativity, CI, CE, CIP, or cultural policy; (2) the substance of CIP and related policies, its boundaries and its relationships with other policy domains; (3) the dynamics of policy making of CI as an international phenomenon driven by complex coalitions of national, international, and transnational actors and interests; and (4) the ideational or ideological underpinnings of CIP, especially the linkage between CIP and neoliberalism.

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