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1st Edition

Understanding Cultural Policy

ISBN 9781138695351
Published March 15, 2018 by Routledge
288 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Understanding Cultural Policy provides a practical, comprehensive introduction to thinking about how and why governments intervene in the arts and culture.

Cultural policy expert Carole Rosenstein examines the field through comparative, historical, and administrative lenses, while engaging directly with the issues and tensions that plague policy-makers across the world, including issues of censorship, culture-led development, cultural measurement, and globalization. Several of the textbook’s chapters end with a ‘policy lab’ designed to help students tie theory and concepts to real world, practical applications.

This book will prove a new and valuable resource for all students of cultural policy, cultural administration, and arts management.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Preface and Acknowledgements


Chapter 1 – What is Cultural Policy?


A challenge

A rationale


Chapter 2 – A (Very) Brief History of the Development of National Cultural Policy in the United States

Chapter 3 – The Cultural Bureaucracy

The Policy Arena

Cultural Bureaucracy on the National Level

On the Sub-national level

On the Local level

The Organization of Cultural Bureaucracy

Policy Lab: The Federal Role in Cultural Policy

Chapter 4 – Forms of State Intervention I: Regulation


Standards and Bans

Licensing and Permits


Policy Lab: Culture and the City

Chapter 5 - Forms of State Intervention II: Provision

Public Provision



Tax Expenditure

Policy Lab: Supporting Nonprofit Culture

Chapter 6 – Data and Research in Cultural Policymaking

Policy Lab: Measuring Culture

Chapter 7 – Comparing Cultural Policies

Archetypes of National Cultural Policy

Global Cultural Policy Norms

Chapter 8 – Contemporary Issues



Cultural Equity




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Carole Rosenstein is an associate professor of arts management at George Mason University, USA. She has directed research projects for the Urban Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Her scholarly work has been published in leading international cultural policy journals including The International Journal of Cultural Policy; The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society; and Cultural Trends.

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Associate Professor of Arts Management, George Mason University
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"…an essential resource that lays a strong foundation for study and praxis in any cultural policy context found throughout the world…a go-to resource for cultural policy and arts management faculty in universities around the world…an excellent textbook that has been urgently needed." - The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society

"…an expansive, detail-filled primer on the underlying values, historical context, institutions and interventions that constitute contemporary US cultural policy…provides analytical lenses that offer perspectives distinct from many existing assessments of policy that rely on economic theory and tools…informative and valuable to professionals and scholars who identify themselves with any corner of the decentralised and wide-ranging US cultural policy field." - Cultural Trends