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.



When Millbank Penitentiary opened in 1817, a room festooned with chains, whips and instruments of torture was set aside as a museum…. Thus did a new philosophy of punishment committed to the rehabilitation of the offender through the detailed inspection and regulation of behaviour distance itself from an earlier regime of punishment which had aimed to make power manifest by enacting the scene of punishment in public. The same period witnessed a new addition to London's array of exhibitionary institutions…. Madame Tussaud set up permanent shop…. As the century developed, the dungeons of old castles were opened to public inspection, often as the centrepieces of museums. – Tony Bennett (Birth 153)

Museums are the last resort on a rainy Sunday. – Heinrich Boll (quoted in ...

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