Hitherto, cultural theory and empirical work on culture have outstripped cultural policy. This book rectifies the peculiar imbalance in the field of Cultural Studies by offering the first comprehensive and international work on cultural policy. Fully alive to the challenges posed by globalization it addresses a wide range of central topics including cinema, television, museums, international organizations, art, public history, drama and performance art. The result is a landmark work in the emerging field of cultural policy. Rigorous in its field of survey and astute in its critical commentary it enables students to gain a global grounding in cultural policy. It will be essential reading for students of cultural studies and cultural sociology.
Chapter 1: The United States, Cultural Policy, and the National Endowment for the Arts
The United States, Cultural Policy, and the National Endowment for the Arts
When we get control of that National Endowment for the Arts, you'll see how it ought to be done. You shut it down, fumigate the building and put the I.R.S. (Internal Revenue Service) in there – Pat Buchanan, Republican and Reform Party candidate for President, speechwriter for Richard Nixon, and CNN nightly commentator, 1999. (quoted in Roane)
This chapter addresses the great historical paradox of culture – that its principal exporter, the United States, claims to be free of any policy on the matter. In questioning this donnée, we examine the role of the state in culture, with particular reference to the National ...