10/11/2005 A new publication of the Policies for Culture programme: "The arts, politics and change"

Undertitled "Participative cultural policy-making in South East Europe", it represents a collection of papers and case studies commissioned by the European Cultural Foundation and the ECUMEST Association for the Policies for Culture programme.

The book documents and builds on the activities of the Policies for Culture programme throughout the region since its launch in 2000 and the results achieved to date.

The book proposes both theoretical reflection and practical examples of cultural policy initiatives. The first part of the book - "Cultural policy in South East Europe" - includes essays on: centralism or decentralisation; transforming regulatory frameworks; rethinking state funding; and the role of the media.

The second part - "The power of local action" - consists of case studies on: cultural policy practices in South East European cities; influencing legislation in SEE; and cultural funding in SEE.

The programme’s exciting experiments may serve as an inspiration for the wider community of European and non-European countries and for all institutions and individual researchers involved in examining the role of cultural policy frameworks in politically and socially unstable societies.

Autors: Ela Agotic, Tsveta Andreeva, Odile Chenal, Vesna Copic, Milena Deleva, Philipp Dietachmair, Sanjin Dragojevic, Christopher Gordon, Vjeran Katunaric, Marius Lazurca, Francois Matarasso, Delia Mucica, Oana Radu, Cas Smithuijsen, Corina Suteu, Lidia Varbanova, Yuriy Vulkovsky, Hanneloes Weeda, and Andrea Zlatar.

See its Contents for further details.

This publication is an initiative of ECUMEST (Bucharest) and the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam). Edited by Cas Smithuijsen, Corina Suteu and Hanneloes Weeda and published by Boekmanstudies, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. English version; 288 p.; EUR 29.50.

Launch: This book will be presented at "Steps into the Future - the regional evaluation and development meeting of the Policies for Culture action projects partners’ network" in Bucharest on 4-5 November 2005; and at "The heart of the matter – what future for the Balkans and the EU?", an ECF-HIVOS conference in The Hague on 1 December 2005.

Distribution: To purchase this book, please visit www.boekman.nl. For more details write to info@policiesforculture.org.

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