Skip to main content

Cultural Policy and the Politics of Culture - Reading List

Cultural Policy and the Politics of Culture, 2021/22, Semester 2
Ben Dunn
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Bell &Oakley (2015).Cultural policy. Oxon, Routledge.    

Durrer, Miller & O'Brien (2017) The Routledge handbook of global cultural policy ISBN: 9781317512882 (electronic bk.); 131751288X (electronic bk.); 9781138857827; 1138857823; 9781315718408 (ebook), Oxon, Routledge    

Lee & and Lim (2014).Cultural policies in East Asia: dynamics between the state, arts and creative industries. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.    

Mulcahy (2017) Public culture, cultural identity, cultural policy : comparative perspectives ISBN: 1137398612 hardcover; 9781137398611 hardcover; 9781137435439 electronic book, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan    

O’Brien (2014).Cultural policy: management, value and modernity in the creative industries. Oxon: Routledge.    

O'Brien & Oakley (2017) Cultural policy : critical concepts in media and cultural studies ISBN: 9781138889859 (set); 9781138889866 (v. 1); 9781138889873 (v. 2); 9781138889880 (v. 3); 9781138889897 (v. 4), Oxon, Routledge      

Rosenstein (2018) Understanding cultural policy ISBN: 9781138695351 (pbk.); 9781138695337 (hardback), New York, Routledge    


Ahearne, J (2009) “Cultural policy explicit and implicit: a distinction and some uses” The international journal of cultural policy. ISSN: 1028-6632 Vol. 15 No. 2    

Belfiore, E. & Bennett O. (2008) The social impact of the arts : an intellectual history ISBN: 9780230572553 : £45.00; 0230572553 : £45.00, Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan 

Bennett, O (2005) ‘Beyond Machinery: The Cultural Policies of Matthew Arnold’ in History of Political Economy. ISSN: 0018-2702 FALL 2005, 37(3): pp 455-482 

Bianchini, F. (2013) ‘Cultural planning and its interpretations’, chapter 23 in G. Young and D. Stevenson (eds.) The Ashgate research companion to planning and culture ISBN: 9781409422242 (hbk.); 1409422240, Farnham: Ashgate  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 28/02/2019) 

Crossick, G. & Kaszynska, P. (2014) ‘Under construction: Towards a framework for cultural value’, Cultural trends. ISSN: 0954-8963, 23(2), pp. 120-131 

Cairney, P., Heikkila, T., & Wood, M. (2019). 'How to analyse' (Chapter 3) Making policy in a complex world ISBN: 9781316998366 (e-book) ISBN: 9781108729109 (Elements in Public Policy). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108679053    

Divina Frau-Meigs (2002) "Cultural exception", national policies and globalisation: imperatives in democratisation and promotion of contemporary culture, Quaderns del CAC, 2002, 14 pp. 3-16: 

Frey, B (2003) Arts & economics : analysis & cultural policy ISBN: 3540002731 2nd ed. Berlin Springer-Verlag 

Ginsburgh, V & Throsby, D eds (2006) Handbook of the economics of art and culture. Volume 1 ISBN: 9780444508706 (vol. 1) : No price; 0444508708 (vol. 1) : No price: volume 1, North Holland 

Gray, Clive (2000).The politics of the arts in Britain. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Held, D. (ed.) (2000) A Globalizing World? Culture, Economics, Politics London, Routledge.

Hesmondhalgh, D. (2005) 'Media and Cultural Policy as Public Policy: the Case of the British Labour Government', The international journal of cultural policy. ISSN: 1028-6632 11(1): 95-109.

Hesmondhalgh, D. and Pratt, A. (2005) ‘Cultural industries and cultural policy’, The international journal of cultural policy. ISSN: 1028-6632, 11(1), pp. 1-13.

Hesmondhalgh, David, Kate Oakley, David Lee, Melissa Nisbett (2015).Culture, economy and politics: the case of New Labour. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hewison (2014) Cultural capital : the rise and fall of creative Britain ISBN: 9781781685914 (paperback), Verso books

Hewison, R. (1995) Culture and consensus : England, art and politics since 1940 ISBN: 0413714306 (pbk), London, Methuen.

Hutchison, R. (1982) The politics of the Arts Council ISBN: 0863000177 (pbk ; cased) : £3.50; 0863000169, London, Sinclair Browne.

Jancovich, L (2019) Towards a progressive cultural policy chapter in A vision for Europe ISBN: 9781912475162, London Eris Books

Lewis, Justin and Miller, Toby, eds. (2003).Critical cultural policy studies: a reader. Oxford: Blackwell.

Matarasso, F. and Landry, C. (1999) Balancing act : twenty-one strategic dilemmas in cultural policy ISBN: 9287138621; 9287138613 (French ed.), Strasbourg, Council of Europe Publishing.

McGuigan, Jim (1996).Culture and the public sphere. London: Routledge.

McGuigan, Jim (2004).Rethinking cultural policy. Berkshire, England: Open University Press.

Miller, Toby and Yύdice, George (2002).Cultural Policy. London: Sage.

Mulcahy, K. (2006) ‘Cultural Policy: Definitions and Theoretical Approaches, Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society 35(4),pp. 319-330.

35ISSN: 1063-2921

Newsinger J. and Green, W. (2016) ‘The infrapolitics of cultural value: cultural policy, evaluation and the marginalisation of practitioner perspectives’, Journal of cultural economy ISSN: 1753-0350, 9(4), pp. 382-395,

Obuljen, Nina. Why we need European cultural policies. European Cultural Foundation, 2006.

O’Brien, D. (2015) ‘Cultural Value, Measurement and Policymaking’, Arts and humanities in higher education. ISSN: 1474-0222, 14(1), pp. 79 – 94.

Paquette, Jonathan (2012).Cultural policy, work and identity: the creation, renewal and negotiation of professional subjectivities. Surrey, England: Ashgate.

Pratt, A.C.(2009) Policy transfer and the field of the cultural and creative industries: Learning from Europe? in Kong, L. and O'Connor, J. (eds.) Creative economies, creative cities : Asian-European perspectives ISBN: 9781402099489 (cased) : No price; 1402099487 (cased) : No price; 9781402099496 (e-bk.) : No price. Heidelberg,Germany, Springer: 9-23. 

Schuster, J. Mark (2002).Informing cultural policy: the research and information infrastructure. New Jersey: Center for Urban Policy Research.

Throsby, D (2010) The economics of cultural policy ISBN: 9780521687843 (pbk.) : £19.99; 9780521868259 (hbk.) : £50.00; 0521868254 (hbk.) : £50.00; 0521687845 (pbk.) : £19.99 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 

Throsby, D (2009) 'Explicit and implicit cultural policy: some economic aspects', The international journal of cultural policy. ISSN: 1028-6632, 15: 2, 179 — 185 

Upchurch (2016) The origins of the arts council movement : philanthropy and policy ISBN: 9781137461629; 1137461624; 9781137461636 (e-book); 1137461632, Palgrave

Policy analysis

Gill, R (2000) Discourse Analysis, Chap 10 of Qualitative researching with text, image and sound : a practical handbook ISBN: 9780761964810 (pbk); 9780761964803; 0761964819 (pbk.) : £19.99; 0761964800. Bauer & Gaskell (eds) Sage 2000

Fairclough, N (2000) New Labour, new language? ISBN: 0415218276 (pbk); 0415218268 Oxford: Routledge

John, P (2012) Analysing Public Policy, Routledge

Jørgensen, M and Phillips, L (2002) Discourse analysis as theory and method ISBN: 0761971122 (pbk); 0761971114 London: Sage 

Nisbett, M (2013) Protection, survival and growth: an analysis of international policy documents, The international journal of cultural policy. ISSN: 1028-6632, 19:1, 84-102, DOI:10.1080/10286632.2011.605450 

Tonkiss, F (2004) ‘Analysing text and speech: content and discourse analysis’ in C. Seale (ed) Researching Society and Culture. London: Sage pp367-92 

Policy documents

UNESCO. 2005. Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Available from:

UNESCO (2018) Cultural Policies: advancing creativity for development

The Warwick Commission (2015) Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth

Policy networks – publications and research


Culturelink Network


Webster's World of Cultural Policy


Council of Europe

ERICarts – database of cultural policies

ERICarts – the research unit



Arts Council England

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC),

 Policy reserach consultants

AEA Consulting  

BOP Consulting



Additional reading for each lecture

Cultural value


Soft power

Copyright and intellectual property

Cultural Planning

 Culture and sustainability 

Policy transfer

  • Cunningham, S (2009) Trojan horse or Rorschach blot? Creative industries discourse around the world, The international journal of cultural policy. ISSN: 1028-6632, 15:4, 375-386, DOI: 10.1080/10286630902977501
  • Ellison, N (2017) Politics, power and policy transfer, Journal of Asian public policy ISSN: 1751-6234; 1751-6242, 10:1,8-24, DOI: 10.1080/17516234.2016.1258519
  • Stone, D (2012) Transfer and translation of policy, Policy studies. ISSN: 0144-2872, 33:6, 483-499, DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2012.695933
  • Peck, J. (2011). Geographies of policy: From transfer-diffusion to mobility-mutation. Progress in human geography. ISSN: 0309-1325, 35(6), 773–797.
  • Prince, R. (2017), Local or global policy? Thinking about policy mobility with assemblage and topology. Area. ISSN: 0004-0894, 49: 335-341. doi:10.1111/area.12319


This list was last updated on 14/12/2021