King's College London

Research portal

The Green New Deal and Cultural Policy

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Industries and the Environmental Crisis: New Approaches for Policy
EditorsKate Oakley, Mark Banks
Place of PublicationNew York
Accepted/In pressMay 2020
Published15 Sep 2020

King's Authors


In response to the climate emergency a growing number of researchers, journalists, economists, politicians and activists are calling for a ‘Green New Deal’ (GND). Proposing a revolution in energy, transport and communication infrastructures, the GND is a new political story – set against neoliberal accounts of the state and market-led approaches to tackling climate change. This chapter asks: what would it mean for cultural policy to contribute to the project of a GND? Building on work in which we have indicated the value of ecological language for reframing the aims and methods of cultural policy, here we introduce a new account of ‘cultural infrastructure’ and its role within cultural eco-systems. On the basis of this account, we suggest that cultural policy has the potential to play a specific and consequential role in supporting the conditions of creative democratic practice necessary to building and sustaining momentum behind a Green New Deal.

View graph of relations

© 2020 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454