Introduction-Cultural policy and the public funding of culture in an international perspective

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This special issue on cultural policy in an international perspective brings together experts in various fields to discuss two main themes: the social forces that drive persistence and change in public spending on culture over time and the contours of emerging models of public cultural spending. The two themes are discussed from different angles and with different emphases rooted in country contexts. This editorial outlines the common themes across the papers in the special issue and concludes by setting an agenda for future research.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The articles in this issue are the joint product of a workshop on trends in the government funding of arts and culture that took place at the University of Haifa in March 2013. This workshop was funded by the Israel Science Foundation workshop program (grant no. 514/12) and the University of Haifa. I wish to thank all of the participants in the workshop for exciting discussions and for their valuable contributions. I am grateful to all of the reviewers for their critical and constructive suggestions and comments on the articles that are published in this issue. Finally, I want to thank the former editor of Poetics, Timothy Dowd, for his interest in this special issue in the early stages of its inception, and the current editors, Marc Verboord and in particular Shyon Baumann, for seeing the production through in a supportive, pleasant, and timely manner.

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© 2015 Elsevier B.V.


  • Cultural policy
  • Funding models
  • Spending determinants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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