Place Branding and Public Diplomacy

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 79–86 | Cite as

Neo-liberalism and the future of place marketing

  • Aram EisenschitzEmail author
Original Article


Place marketing of cities tends to be seen as a pragmatic, rather than a political, activity aimed at bringing prosperity to localities. It is argued here that the reverse is the case: place marketing is an essentially political activity that demonstrates different political, or more accurately, class settlements by its impact on cities. The political shift to neo-liberalism ended the post-war social democratic settlement and ushered in a new era for place marketing. Place marketing was an integral part of that settlement. It was particularly associated with gentrification that, it is argued, is a political strategy by which neo-liberalism takes control of the city. Place marketing, however, reached its limits by the end of the long boom in 2008. But now that crisis has discredited neo-liberalism, it is unlikely that the place marketing that characterized the past years will remain. If place marketing symbolises different political settlements, then the politics that emerges out of this crisis will generate another type of place marketing.


social democracy politics gentrification the bubble economic crisis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social ScienceMiddlesex UniversityThe BurroughsUK

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