The Politics Of Cultural Policy In France / Edition 1

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The Politics of Cultural Policy in France offers a lively and iconoclastic account of cultural policy-making in France. Focusing on the policies of the Socialist governments of 1981-86 and 1988-93, the book suggests that policy towards the arts was shaped less by an all-powerful state than by influential professional interest groups. In addition to presenting unusual insights into a policy area which has rarely been studied by political science, the book provides significant revisions to conventional views of relations between the state and civil society in France.

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Based on an analysis of policy-making under the Socialist reigns of Mitterand and interviews with some 70 key decision-makers, Eling (International Labor Office, Geneva) provocatively argues that French public policy in the arts was shaped more by influential professional interest groups than by a state allegedly omnipotent in this area. In the context of the under-studied bedfellows of cultural policy and political science, the author pursues the politics of veloppment culturel/> in the spheres of contemporary academic and popular music, theater, and film. Appends an interviewees. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312219741
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Eling is Associate Expert at the International Labor Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Table of Contents

• Culture and the State in France
• Cultural Policy and Political Science
• The Cité de la Musique
• Contemporary Music Policy
• Theatre Policy
• Film Policy
• Public Funding of Popular Music
• The Politics of Développement Culturel
• Conclusion: Governing the Arts in France: Professionals, Networks and the State
• Index

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