New local cultural policy evaluation methods in the Netherlands: status and perspectives

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    Efforts to improve local public policy-making in the Netherlands have led to two changes in local government. First, a budgeting system that focuses political debate on the outcomes of policies rather than on their costs was implemented as of 2004. Second, as of 2006, municipalities have been obliged to install a local Audit Committee (rekenkamercommissie). The committees examine the efficacy and efficiency of municipal policies. Several of these committees have devoted research to cultural policy. In this article, I present the manner in which this budgeting system and the institution of Audit Committees have impacted the evaluation of local cultural policies in the Netherlands. Furthermore, I discuss the way practices relate to key dilemmas concerning evidence-based cultural policy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)613-636
    Number of pages24
    JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Policy
    Issue number5
    Early online date20-Dec-2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • cultural policy, evaluation, performance indicators, social impacts, instrumentality, aesthetic value

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