Cultural policy intersects with political, economic, and socio-cultural dynamics at all levels of society, placing high and often contradictory expectations on the capabilities and capacities of the media, the fine, performing, and folk arts, and cultural heritage. These expectations are articulated, mobilised and contested at – and across – a global scale. As a result, the study of cultural policy has firmly established itself as a field that cuts across a range of academic disciplines, including sociology, cultural and media studies, economics, anthropology, area studies, languages, geography, and law. This Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy sets out to broaden the field’s consideration to recognise the necessity for international and global perspectives.

The book explores how cultural policy has become a global phenomenon. It brings together a diverse range of researchers whose work reveals how cultural policy expresses and realises common global concerns, dominant narratives, and geopolitical economic and social inequalities. The sections of the book address cultural policy’s relation to core academic disciplines and core questions, of regulations, rights, development, practice, and global issues.

With a cross-section of country-by-country case studies, this comprehensive volume is a map for academics and students seeking to become more globally orientated cultural policy scholars.

part II|78 pages

Regulating cultural policy

chapter 7|20 pages

No exceptions

Cultural policy in the era of free trade agreements

chapter 9|15 pages

Cultural policy between and beyond nation-states

The case of lusofonia and the Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa

chapter 10|17 pages

Cultural governance and cultural policy

Hegemonic myth and political logics

part III|-62 pages

Rights and cultural policy

chapter 11|14 pages

Disabled people and culture

Creating inclusive global cultural policies

chapter 12|14 pages

Minority languages, cultural policy and minority language media

The conflicting value of the ‘one language–one nation’ idea

chapter 13|17 pages

Cultural policy in Northern Ireland

Making cultural policy for a divided society

part IV|113 pages

Practice and cultural policy

chapter 14|18 pages

The art collection of the United Nations

Origins, institutional framework and ongoing tensions

chapter 15|14 pages

Exporting culture

The Confucius Institute and China’s smart power strategy

chapter 16|18 pages

From arts desert to global cultural metropolis

The (re)branding of Shanghai and Hong Kong

chapter 18|18 pages

Fringe to famous

Enabling and popularising cultural innovation in Australia

chapter 19|10 pages

Inside out

The role of ‘audience research’ in cultural policies in the United States

part V|90 pages

Global issues, regional cultural policy

chapter 21|14 pages


When culture becomes a capital

chapter 23|10 pages

Too-explicit cultural policy

Rethinking cultural and creative industry policies in Hong Kong

chapter 24|17 pages

Cultural policy and mega-events

chapter 26|17 pages

Uniting the nations of Europe?

Exploring the European Union’s cultural policy agenda

part VI|68 pages

Development and cultural policy

chapter 27|13 pages

The international politics of the nexus ‘culture and development’

Four policy agendas for whom and for what?

chapter 28|19 pages

Reimagining development in times of crises

Cultural policies, social imagination, and the creative economy in Puerto Rico

chapter 30|14 pages

Uneasy alliances

Popular music and cultural policy in the ‘music city’

part VII|112 pages

The nation state and cultural policy

chapter 31|18 pages

Cultural policy in India

An oxymoron?

chapter 32|17 pages

From Cultural Revolution to cultural engineering

Cultural policy in post-Revolutionary Iran

chapter 33|18 pages

K-pop female idols

Culture industry, neoliberal social policy, and governmentality in Korea

chapter 34|20 pages

‘Regeneration’ in Britain

Measuring the outcomes of cultural activity in the 21st century

part VIII|26 pages


chapter 37|10 pages

The light touch

The Nigerian movie industry in a low policy environment