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 5: Transnational Cultural Policy
Transnational Cultural Policy
At this early stage in the WTO, we in developed countries should question why we are promoting a global trading order at all. Is it to make people in the world more like us, or more truly like themselves. – Chi Carmody 1999 (238)
This chapter examines the global institutional framework for cultural policy: organizations affiliated with the United Nations and regional trading blocs. In an era of increasing immigration and textual trade, reflected in the NICL, the legal and economic arrangements determining the circulation of culture are frequently as important as national policies, while attempts by bodies such as the EU to create a united states of Europe have inevitably turned from a purely economic unity to a politico-cultural one.