Les nouveaux enjeux des politiques culturelles. Dynamiques européennes
Edited by Guy Saez & Jean-Pierre Saez, Paris, Éditions La Découverte, 2012, 398 pp., ISBN 978-2-7071-7435-2
Co-edited by Jean-Pierre Saez, director of Observatoire des politiques culturelles de Grenoble, and Guy Saez, research director at PACTE, the multidisciplinary research unit at France's Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), and professor at Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble, this publication stresses that "arts and cultural sector in general are undergoing major transformation today. Globalization, the impact of new production technologies, the ways that culture is distributed and consumed, the broadening and intermingling of art forms, and myriad other issues associated with the theme of cultural diversity are challenging those who work in the arts and those who study them."
The book includes contributions from young European researchers divided into three categories: the 'metropolitan question' (how integrating cultural dimensions into urban development projects reframes the city-culture dialogue), introduced by Lluis Bonet; the issue of territorial dynamics and Europeanization (how the intervention of diverse public actors and emergence of innovative cultural formats is transforming cultural policies), introduced by Luca Dal Pozzolo; and the regulatory challenges arising from new technological, economic, and mediation models, introduced by Biserka Cvjeticanin.
The book illustrates the richness and variety of European experiences and challenges of cultural policies, and thus serves as an excellent tool for understanding the contemporary permutations of cultural policies and the conditions that impact both cultural creation and distribution. All cultural actors - artists, civil servants or other professionals - will find it invaluable.