A value based approach to assessing changes in cultural policies

Kimberly Mlitz, Quirijn Lennert van den Hoogen*

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    In democratic societies, the political process ultimately is about making value judgements. Comparative cultural policy research indicates different value orientations may be behind cultural policies of different nations. It has also indicated developments that are common, such as democratisation of culture, neoliberalisation of politics and globalisation. As of yet, such value changes have not been studied at the level of cultural policy documents analysed as text [Bell, D., & Oakley, K. (2014). Cultural policy. Routledge]. This article proposes a methodology to study value changes behind cultural policies over time and across nations. Based in the “pragmatic sociology” of Boltanski, Thévenot, and Chiapello [(2005). The new spirit of capitalism. (Translated by Gregory Elliot from Le nouvel esprit du capitalisme). Gallimard Verso. (Original work published 1999); (2006). On justification, economies of worth. (Translated by Catherine Porter from De la justification, Les économies de la grandeur). Gallimard & Princeton University Press. (Original work published 1991)], the article presents a big data methodology to uncover value changes of policy documents over time, between different policy agents, and across nations using material from the UK and the Netherlands. The paper explains the methodology, discusses the implications of the preliminary outcomes and provides suggestions for further comparative policy analyses.
    Originele taal-2English
    TijdschriftCultural Trends
    StatusE-pub ahead of print - 13-dec-2021

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