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Kulturpolitik, Kulturforschung und Kulturstatistik

Edited by Franz-Otto Hofecker and Peter Tschmuck

StudienVerlag, Innsbruck, 2003, 210 pages, € 21.00, ISBN: 3-7065-1824-4

The second volume of the series "Diskurs: Kultur – Wirtschaft – Politik" edited by the members of the Institute of Culture Management and Culture Studies (IKM) provides deep insight into recent findings of cultural statistics research in the international, European, and Austrian context. The articles address the problem of harmonizing cultural statistics on both international and national levels in order to provide reliable data to support a qualified cultural policy discourse and to serve as basis for cultural policy decisions.

In his contributions, Franz-Otto Hofecker demonstrates the merits of the LIKUS-system as a comparative statistical framework of public funding in Austria, and also provides a perspective for comparative statistics in the cultural industries. By means of music school statistics, de demonstrates how political decisions can be grounded in the LIKUS-system. Michael Söndermann discusses challenges of cultural statistics in a federal funding system like Germany and provides the State of Saxony as a model. In discussing Finland's cultural statistics model, Ilkka Heiskanen shows how a comparative cultural statistics framework could be implemented in the European Union. In contrast to this thematic discussion of cultural statistics as represented by several states in the EU, Kevin Mulcahy critically analyses the cultural funding system in the U.S.

Through these diverse contributions, this volume offers an introductory overview of the importance of cultural statistics – and their significant role in research – in support of cultural policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.

The Cultural Industries' chapter of Franz-Otto Hofecker, as well as the contributions of Ilkka Heiskanen and Kevin Mulcahy are published in English. The rest of the book is in German.

Contact:

Franz-Otto Hofecker is associate professor of Culture Institutions Studies and director of the the Institute of Culture Management and Culture Studies of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. See www.mdw.ac.at/ikm or contact hofecker@mdw.ac.at

Peter Tschmuck is associate professor of Culture Institutions Studies at the Institute of Culture Management and Culture Studies of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. See www.mdw.ac.at/ikm or contact tschmuck@mdw.ac.at