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Do it Together. Practices and Tendencies of Participatory Governance in Culture in the Republic of Croatia

Edited by Dea Vidović, Kultura Nova Foundation, Zagreb, 2018, 130 pages

This book about Croatian practices and tendencies of participatory governance in culture builds on the results of the research project Approaches to Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions. The research project was conducted by the Kultura Nova Foundation between 2016 and 2018, with the support of the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity. Kultura Nova Foundation is a public body with the role to strengthen civil society organisations in the Croatian cultural system for work in contemporary arts and culture, and to participate in building their organisational and programme capacities.

Kultura Nova developed the project on participatory governance in culture with the aim of strengthening the links and interconnections between the civil society sector, the public sector and the local community, thus fostering participatory designs in cultural policy and governance as possible approaches for sustainable development of the cultural sector. Research covered the levels of active engagement by relevant stakeholders (public authorities and institutions, civil society organisations, artists, cultural workers and representatives of local administrations) in the processes of initiating, advocating, planning, programming, decision making, monitoring and evaluating innovative models of co-governance of public cultural resources (spatial, financial resources) by different stakeholders. The focus was placed on understanding the activities and positions of actors involved in the cultural policy discourse, the levels of their interaction, confrontation, inclusion and exclusion.

In accordance with the Foundation's role that developed during the project as an intermediary or matchmaker, the book should serve all stakeholders involved in practices of participatory governance in culture to improve their capacities and build mutual trust for further collaborative governance. It may additionally serve as a foundation for all those who recognise the values of sustainable and participatory governance of cultural resources and create new initiatives based on the principles of sustainability and participation. The book can also be used in future research and continuous analysis of this topic in local contexts and on national and international levels. The landscape of similar research is still developing in the European and the wider global context, which places this Croatian example in the position of providing grounding knowledge and enticing further debate, academic inquiry and changes in cultural policy provisions.

The book is part of the Kultura Nova Edition and is, disposed under the Appointment - Share Creative Commons License, available for free download at http://participatory-governance-in-culture.net/uploads/biljeske_EN_web.pdf