The Economics of Cultural Policy

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-05
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Cultural policy is changing. Traditionally, cultural policies have been concerned with providing financial support for the arts, for cultural heritage and for institutions such as museums and galleries. In recent years, around the world, interest has grown in the creative industries as a source of innovation and economic dynamism. This book argues that an understanding of the nature of both the economic and the cultural value created by the cultural sector is essential to good policy-making. The book is the first comprehensive account of the application of economic theory and analysis to the broad field of cultural policy. It deals with general principles of policy-making in the cultural arena as seen from an economic point of view, and goes on to examine a range of specific cultural policy areas, including the arts, heritage, the cultural industries, urban development, tourism, education, trade, cultural diversity, economic development, intellectual property and cultural statistics.

Author Biography

David Throsby is internationally known for his research and writing in the economics of art and culture. He is Professor of Economics at Macquarie University, Sydney, and has been a consultant to many government departments and private corporations, and to international agencies, including FAO, OECD, UNESCO, the World Bank, UNDP and UNCTAD. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Cultural Economics, the International Journal of Cultural Policy, Poetics and the Pacific Economic Bulletin. He is a co-editor (with Victor Ginsburgh) of the Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The changing face of cultural policyp. 1
The policy responsep. 5
Outline of the bookp. 8
The scope of cultural policyp. 14
Introductionp. 14
Cultural goods and servicesp. 15
Value and valuationp. 17
Composition of the cultural sectorp. 22
Production, distribution, consumptionp. 24
Cultural policy in government administrationp. 28
Conclusionsp. 30
The policy processp. 32
Introductionp. 32
Economic objectives of cultural policyp. 34
Artistic and cultural objectives of cultural policyp. 41
Instrumentsp. 45
Monitoring and evaluationp. 53
Conclusionsp. 55
Arts policyp. 58
Introductionp. 58
What is arts policy today?p. 59
Direct supportp. 63
Indirect supportp. 73
The role of the individual artistp. 80
Conclusionsp. 83
Appendix to Chapter 4p. 84
Cultural industriesp. 88
Introductionp. 88
Conceptualising the cultural industries' role in the economyp. 90
Assessing the economic contribution of the cultural industriesp. 93
Industry dynamics: economic and cultural growthp. 98
Policy strategies for the cultural industriesp. 100
Conclusionsp. 103
Cultural heritagep. 106
Introductionp. 106
Heritage as assetp. 107
Valuep. 108
Policy issues in heritage managementp. 113
Public policy and built heritagep. 117
Public policy and moveable heritagep. 121
Public policy and intangible heritagep. 125
International dimensions to heritage policyp. 126
Conclusionsp. 127
Culture in urban and regional developmentp. 131
Introductionp. 131
Conceptsp. 132
Creativity in an urban contextp. 136
The role of architecturep. 140
Policy conclusionsp. 142
Tourismp. 146
Introductionp. 146
Economic aspects of tourismp. 147
Cultural issues in mass tourismp. 151
Cultural tourism as a niche marketp. 152
Policy conclusionsp. 154
Culture in the international economyp. 157
Introductionp. 157
Cultural tradep. 158
Non-trade issues in international cultural relationsp. 166
Conclusionsp. 169
Cultural diversityp. 171
Introductionp. 171
The value of cultural diversityp. 171
The origins of diversity as an issue in cultural policyp. 173
The UNESCO Convention processp. 175
Policy implicationsp. 177
Conclusionsp. 179
Arts educationp. 181
Introductionp. 181
Economic analysis of educationp. 181
Arts education in schoolsp. 184
Education and training of artistsp. 186
Education as a determinant of arts consumptionp. 188
Conclusionsp. 189
Culture in economic developmentp. 191
Introductionp. 191
Culture in developmentp. 192
Culture and sustainabilityp. 194
Policy implicationsp. 196
Conclusionsp. 197
Intellectual propertyp. 199
Introductionp. 199
The economic basis for copyrightp. 200
Administration of artists' rights: the economic rationale for collecting societiesp. 203
The effect of new technologiesp. 208
International regulation of copyrightp. 209
Copyright in developmentp. 210
Conclusionsp. 211
Cultural statisticsp. 214
Introductionp. 214
Types of cultural statisticsp. 215
Some special-purpose statisticsp. 224
Towards a new framework for cultural statisticsp. 227
Conclusionsp. 229
Conclusionsp. 231
Referencesp. 237
Name indexp. 260
Subject indexp. 265
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