1st Edition

Digital Transformation and Cultural Policies in Europe

Edited By Ole Marius Hylland, Jaka Primorac Copyright 2024
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    What happens when cultural policy turns digital? Digital Transformation and Cultural Policies in Europe analyzes and compares different digital cultural policies of Europe.

    Through case studies of seven European countries (UK, Germany, Croatia, Sweden, Spain, Norway, and Switzerland) as well as the analysis of EU digital cultural policy, the book investigates what happens when cultural policy gets changed and challenged by digital culture. Based on a thorough discussion of key concepts and analytical perspectives, this collection also offers a unique multi-disciplinary contribution that shows how digital cultural policy is hyperconvergent. These policies contain established ideas of cultural policy – such as democratization, welfare, access, and national, protectionist ideas – brought together within a digital framework, while also adding new cultural policy tools and instruments, such as digital standards, international regulations, directives, etc. The book shows how digital cultural policies are works in progress, struggling to align their aspirations with their effectiveness.

    Overall, this book provides a valuable tool for understanding the current policy framework of digital culture. It will be of interest not only to scholars and students in cultural and creative industries but also to creative professionals and policy makers.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

    1. Introduction: The Digitalization of Cultural Policy

    Ole Marius Hylland and Jaka Primorac


    2. Digital Cultural Policies: Challenges and Contexts

    Ole Marius Hylland and Jaka Primorac


    3. Digital Cultural Policy in Germany: Chasing Ghosts

    Christian Handke and Kübra Karataş


    4. Digital Cultural Policy in the United Kingdom: Digital Aspirations in the Post-EU World

    Kate Oakley


    5. Digital Cultural Policy in Spain: The Game of Emulation

    Arturo Rodríguez Morató and Gloria Guirao Soro


    6. Digital Cultural Policy in Sweden: Cultural Imaginations of the Digital Era, or Digitized Cultural Marketization?

    Katarina L. Gidlund and Sara Nyhlén


    7. Digital Cultural Policy in Switzerland: Between Currents and Crosscurrents

    Mira Burri


    8. Digital Cultural Policy in Croatia: Searching for a Vision

    Aleksandra Uzelac, Jaka Primorac and Barbara Lovrinić Higgins


    9. Digital Cultural Policy in Norway: Old Tools and New Tasks

    Ole Marius Hylland, Mari Torvik Heian, Bård Kleppe and Heidi Stavrum


    10. The European Union as a Digital Cultural Policy Actor

    Mira Burri


    11. Rapids and Backwaters: Comparing Digital Cultural Policies

    Ole Marius Hylland and Jaka Primorac


    Ole Marius Hylland is Research Professor at Telemark Research Institute, Norway.

    Jaka Primorac is Scientific Advisor at the Department for Culture and Communication, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb, Croatia.

    "This book provides a nuanced and timely account of how digital technologies are affecting cultural policy in different national and supranational contexts. A much-needed, detailed and stimulating contribution to a field in rapid transformation." Bjarki Valtysson, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    "Based on research from key scholars working across the geographical and regulatory contexts of Europe, this book is sceptical of epochal claims about the helplessness of nation-states in a time of dominant platforms and persuasive about the potential for cultural policy to meet the challenges posed by digital technologies." David Wright, Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, University of Warwick, UK