‘Cultural Value, measurement and policy making’

O'Brien, David. 2014. ‘Cultural Value, measurement and policy making’. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 14(1), pp. 79-94. ISSN 1474-0222 [Article]

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No matter what the national context, the question of how to understand the impact of government programmes, particularly in terms of value for money, has emerged as a complex problem to be solved by social scientific management. This article engages with these trends in two ways. It focuses on the UK to understand how these tools and technologies are used for valuing objects and practices. By showing the rationality for using these techniques for understanding culture, it creates a link between studies of cultural policy and broader questions facing the arts and humanities. The article’s second contribution is to our understanding of the role and function of arts and humanities by showing, in the British example, how a true understanding of the value of culture is impossible without the disciplines and fields that are currently peripheral to both government social science and, more broadly, higher education in the UK.

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Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE)



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04 Aug 2015 10:06

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29 Jul 2016 10:43

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