Focus and Scope

Culture and Local Governance (CLG) is a peer-reviewed online journal. CLG offers a space for dialogue across disciplinary boundaries, between established and emerging scholars, and between academics and practitioners. In order to enhance the social impact of work published in its pages, CLG emphasizes research diffusion and communication. In keeping with this philosophy, CLG is an open access journal.

The journal aims at publishing original work, both theoretical and empirical, on the relation between culture and local governance. This is broadly defined to include the following:

  • Cultural policies and management
    CLG encourages submissions related to the administration of municipal leisure and culture services as well as local and regional cultural policies. Papers addressing the various policy and managerial aspects of local cultural administration are welcomed.
  • Heritage administration and preservation
    Integral to the contemporary challenges of urban development and renewal, heritage preservation and administration requires the intervention of many stakeholders. As it is an important aspect of urban and regional cultural governance, we encourage submissions that illustrate the different faces of heritage preservation.
  • Culture and urban space
    Articles may also address the uses of urban space. In this sense, the journal is interested in publishing papers that explore the interplay between culture and the production and consumption of space in an urban context.
  • Ethnic groups and local governance
    The journal likewise welcomes contributions that explore the connections between ethno-cultural groups, social identity, power relations and local governance. In particular, we welcome contributions that investigate how different groups contest and appropriate urban and regional spaces.

CLG is keenly interested in promoting the exploration of the multifaceted nature of culture and its relation to local governance. We therefore especially encourage contributions that explore linkages between the themes outlined above. CLG is a bilingual journal and invites contributions both in English and in French.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.