The politics of cultural policy

Schlesinger, P. (2009) The politics of cultural policy. Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture, 19(38), pp. 75-89.

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This article addresses the roles of intellectuals in the shaping of cultural policy. Three distinct but interrelated political levels are discussed: the EU, the UK as a member state and Scotland as a stateless nation. The cultural and political space of the European Union is contradictory: it has a cultural presence but member states have full cultural competence. The EU’s public sphere is fragmented, poised between regulation and federation. The member state therefore remains the principal focus for analysis of cultural policy debates. Next, a variety of theoretical positions on the intellectuals and the strategic uses of expertise in a ‘knowledge society’ is explored, illustrating how the cultural policy field is typically constituted. The article goes on to discuss how intellectuals in the UK have shaped government policy on the ‘creative economy’, underlining the importance of a New Labour ‘policy generation’ in taking ideas forward that have been globally influential as well as in Scotland. A discussion of stateless nationhood is the backdrop to showing how the Nationalists in power inherited their Labour-LibDem predecessors’ approach to developing a new cultural institution, Creative Scotland. This underlines Scotland’s deep policy dependency on creative economy ideas fashioned in London.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schlesinger, Professor Philip
Authors: Schlesinger, P.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture
Publisher:Charles University, Prague
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2009 Charles University
First Published:First published in Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture 19(38)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
447241Creativity - policy and practice. A study of government, the BBC and UK Film CouncilPhilip SchlesingerArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)112152/1CCA - THEATRE FILM AND TV STUDIES