3 W’s of cultural policy

"It is useful to think about cultural policy across many different fields; that we should be aware it can be a mechanism to achieve public goods about which there is broad consensus; and that we should also take into account that there can be a "distinction between direct policies that are intended to shape cultural fields and indirect policies that do so unintentionally." So given all this, could
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What do we mean when we use the term cultural policy? It’s a question academics have been mulling over for decades and it is one that certainly bears repeating.

At a 1999 meeting of Princeton University’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies Faculty and Student Affiliates, members made reference to a 1983 paper, ‘What are Cultural Policy Studies: And Why Do We Need Them?’ by Professor Paul Di Maggio, Research Director of the Department of Sociology. Meanwhile, Lawrence Rothfield, Faculty Director of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago was compelled to respond to objections presented against the term by both members of the public and academic colleagues, publishing ‘Cultural Policy Studies?! Cultural Policy Studies?! Cultural Policy Studies?! : A Guide for Perplexed Humanists’‘ in 1999.

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Craig Scutt
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Craig Scutt is a freelance author, journalist, and writer.
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