The Economics of Cultural Policy

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Written by David Thros

Published by Cambridge University Press

Jul, 2010

294 pages



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.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The scope of cultural policy 14
3 The policy process 32
4 Arts policy 58
5 Cultural industries 88
6 Cultural heritage 106
7 Culture in urban and regional development 131
8 Tourism 146
9 Culture in the international economy 157
10 Cultural diversity 171
11 Arts education 181
12 Culture in economic development 191
13 Intellectual property 199
14 Cultural statistics 214
15 Conclusions 231


Title: The Economics of Cultural Policy
Author: David Thros
Language: English
Length: 294
Edition: 1
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2010-07-12
ISBN-10: 0521687845
ISBN-13: 9780521687843