Place branding and the neoliberal class settlement

Eisenschitz, Aram ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Place branding and the neoliberal class settlement. In: A research agenda for place branding. Medway, Dominic, Warnaby, Gary and Byron, John, eds. Elgar Research Agendas . Edward Elgar Publishing, London, UK, pp. 19-31. ISBN 9781839102844, e-ISBN 9781839102851. [Book Section] (doi:10.4337/9781839102851)

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Place branding is much more than helping cities become more competitive. It is an aspect of the class settlement in which neoliberalism displaced social democracy. By developing an interdisciplinary political approach it may gain the reflexivity needed to fully understand its role in society. Place branding does not sell places by changing their image, but actively engages in the political transformation of cities as well as displaying many of the assumptions of that settlement which it helps to legitimate. It also creates a consensus in people’s minds that obscures neoliberalism’s political impacts in shifting power away from ordinary people. By looking at some vignettes of place branding, including London’s South Bank, Glasgow, New York, the Great Exhibition and Canary Wharf, it is clear that we should evaluate the impacts of its policies by looking at people not at places; rather than trying to encourage tourism, for instance, we should be asking what different forms of tourism can do for the inhabitants.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Collection: Geography, Planning and Tourism 2021
Keywords (uncontrolled): Place branding; Glasgow; The Great Exhibition; Canary Wharf; neoliberalism; consensus.
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 33686
Notes on copyright: This is a draft chapter/article. The final version is available in A research agenda for place branding edited by Medway, D., Warnaby, G., & Byrom, J., published in 2021, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
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Depositing User: Aram Eisenschitz
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2021 08:30
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:55

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