The politics of arts and cultural policy
The Thesisd rawso n the argumentst,h emesa nd issuest hat haveb eend evelopedth rough
a number of publications concerning the politics of arts and cultural policy.
The Thesis contains a development of the commodification thesis and the policy
attachmenat rgument Thesen ew approachetso the analysiso f public policy haveb een
specifically applied to arts and cultural policy. The major focus of this application has
beeno n Britain over the last 50 years,a nd has incorporatedn ational,r egionala nd local
levelso f analysis.I n additiond evelopmentisn Europeh aveb eenc onsidered.
A major theme concerns the necessity for methodological pragmatism in undertaking
research within these policy areas. Such an approach allows for the development of
appropriate analytical tools for complex policy systems.
The validity and utility of the commodificationth esisa ndp olicy attachmenat rgumenat s
tools for policy analysis are discussed.