Understanding Cultural Policy provides a practical, comprehensive introduction to thinking about how and why governments intervene in the arts and culture.

Cultural policy expert Carole Rosenstein examines the field through comparative, historical, and administrative lenses, while engaging directly with the issues and tensions that plague policy-makers across the world, including issues of censorship, culture-led development, cultural measurement, and globalization. Several of the textbook’s chapters end with a ‘policy lab’ designed to help students tie theory and concepts to real world, practical applications.

This book will prove a new and valuable resource for all students of cultural policy, cultural administration, and arts management.

chapter |18 pages


chapter 2|20 pages

What Is Cultural Policy?

chapter 3|35 pages

The Cultural Bureaucracy

chapter 4|32 pages

Forms of State Intervention I


chapter 5|31 pages

Forms of State Intervention II


chapter 6|29 pages

Data and Research

chapter 7|21 pages

Comparing Cultural Policies

chapter 8|10 pages

Contemporary Issues