First published in 1998, this volume considers the subject of arts policy as a subject of public policy making proper in UK and Ireland, with a particular focus on theatre as a profession rather than a mere hobby. Previous studies have placed the burden of policy improvements on the arts themselves, looking at what ‘the arts’ can do to be worthy of government funding and favourable policy, and have seen government actions as if they have a uniform effect. This study takes ‘the arts’ out of the abstract and discusses specific ways that diverse activities with even more diverse needs can be best approached with government policy, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of government initiatives. It is aimed at both political scientists and anyone with an interest in arts and cultural policy.
Part 1. Policy Making. 1. Theory and Context. Part 2. Language. 2. The ABC of Arts-Speak – the Complexity of Language in Cultural Policy. Part 3. Arts Policy in Great Britain and Ireland. 3. Gaps the Size of Craters – the Beginning of Arts Policy in Great Britain and Ireland. 4. Problems in the Past, Possibilities for the Future. 5. Shifting Sands. Part 4. Theory Revisited. 6. Theory Meets Reality. Part 5. 1992 and Beyond. 7. Modern Developments: Trends and Prospects.
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