Cultural Policy Landscapes. A Guide to Eighteen Central and South East European Countries
By Veronika Ratzenböck, Katharina Okulski, Xenia Kopf. ERSTE Foundation / Österreichische kulturdokumentation. internationales archiv für kulturanalysen, Vienna, 2012, 116 pp.
Cultural Policy Landscapes. A Guide to Eighteen Central and South East European Countries is a compilation of cultural policies in the CSEE region and in the Baltic States. It covers Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The guide examines decisive cultural policy developments of recent years and scans the transformation process of the former communist countries in the last 15 to 20 years. By merging facts and figures on the selected countries from an outside perspective and pointing out highlights and current issues, Cultural Policy Landscapes serves as a sound basis for analysis, discussion and orientation. It reports on a region where the ERSTE Foundation is active and therefore also creates contextual reference points for the Foundation's work.
A set of synoptic country profiles retraces the historical development since the early 1990s and outlines specific national cultural policy issues as well as present-day international relations. These snapshots of cultural policy developments are supplemented by an assessment of cultural data: national cultural budgets, cultural expenditure per capita and cultural expenditure as a proportion of the GDP from the 1990s to 2010 are presented in timelines, enabling the reader to understand the countries' individual developments and also to compare the processes in different countries concerning the growth and decline of the cultural budgets, the topics in cultural policies, the on-going transformation processes, priorities and gaps of international relations, and the difficult situation of contemporary art.
Cultural Policy Landscapes was compiled by the Österreichische kulturdokumentation. internationales archiv für kulturanalysen and supported by ERSTE Foundation.
It is available for download at www.erstestiftung.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Cultural-policy-landscapes.pdf