Teaching Cultural Economics
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Teaching Cultural Economics

Edited by Trine Bille, Anna Mignosa and Ruth Towse

Teaching Cultural Economics is the first book of its kind to offer inspiration and guidance for teaching cultural economics through short chapters, a wide scope of knowledge and teaching cases by experienced teachers who are expert in the topic.
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Chapter 38: Conservation of historical buildings: The rehabilitation of the Benedettini Monastery in Catania

Giacomo Pignataro and Ilde Rizzo


The chapter explores the policy area of cultural heritage conservation, to derive suggestions for appropriate public action. The conservation of a baroque monastery in Catania, which has been restored and reused for educational purposes by the University of Catania, is used as a case study. The chapter illustrates the extensive role of the public sector in heritage conservation, the actors involved – with special attention to the role of experts – and the forms of intervention, focusing on the use of regulation. Four questions are addressed: What should be conserved? Why do we conserve? Who should conserve? How should conservation be carried out? A political economy framework is used to show that the outcome of public intervention cannot be taken for granted, being affected by the features of the public decision-making process.

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