A Research Agenda for Cultural Economics
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A Research Agenda for Cultural Economics

Edited by Samuel Cameron

A Research Agenda for Cultural Economics explores the degree of progress and future directions for the field. An international range of contributors examine thoroughly matters of data quality, statistical methodology and the challenge of new developments in technology. This book is ideal for both emerging researchers in cultural economics and experienced practitioners. It is also relevant to workers in other fields such as cultural policy, public policy, media studies and digital economics.
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Chapter 6: Government policy

Jen Snowball


This chapter reviews past and current debates in the cultural policy field, with a specific focus on cultural values and what ‘participation’ or ‘engagement’ means. It provides a critical appraisal of the ‘creative industries’ literature and its influence on policy practititoners, tending to the view that there should be separation of the ideas of the cultural sector and creative industries. The nature and usefulness of cultural accounts statistics is extensively explored with particular reference to the core sources from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The well-worn traditional externality arguments for policy intervention are criticaly evaluated in the light of modern developments in econonmics. The chapter concludes with an analysis of some interesting current developments in South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

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