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Politiques culturelles en Europe: La problématique locale
Cultural policies in Europe: Local Issues

by Mario d'Angelo
Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg, 2000, 189 pp., ISBN 92-871-4325-0, English version: ISBN 92-871-4326-9

This manual presents the historical and cultural aspects of local issues in European cultural policies. In the early eighties (Bremen Conference, 1983), the Council of Europe underlined the role of local communities in European cultural development and launched numerous projects addressing different aspects of this issue. Life in local communities and culture are, in fact, at the crossroad of two different themes: democracy and its interaction with local authorities and culture in its interaction with identities and pluralism.

This manual undertakes to present the complexity of the problems connected with local cultural policies in Europe. It also tries to present and explain some examples of similarities and differences, while following the main topic of the book - the importance of culture for local communities, respecting their prerogatives regarding identity, diversity, creativity and participation.

The book is divided into four chapters and annexes. The first chapter gives a historical background, while the second elaborates questions of urban communities as they exist in today's Europe. The third chapter presents the role of culture in local development and analyzes inter-sectoral relations between different cultural, economic, social, educational and communicational aspects. The last chapter is devoted to administration and cultural management at the local level.

Extracts from different studies and reports of the Council of Europe completed during this period are included as annexes in the second part of the book and represent a valuable resource for further research.

To order this publication, please contact: Council of Europe Publishing, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France, tel.: +33 3 88 41 25 81; fax: +33 3 88 41 39 10; e-mail: publishing@coe.int; http://book.coe.fr

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Cultural employment in Europe

by Andy Feist
Culture - Policy Note 8, Cultural Policies Research and Development Unit
Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg, 2000, 55 pp., ISBN 92-871-4385-4

This booklet tries to shed some light on a broad range of issues around cultural employment in Europe. It faces the challenge of addressing a sector that is increasingly diverse, fluid and changeable. The author claims that it seems more defensible to talk about a complex series of cultural labour markets rather than a single market. The main issues addressed in this study are the general characteristics of the cultural labour force in Europe, the factors that are changing the cultural labour market and the consequences of that change, the role of policy makers in supporting sustainable cultural sector employment, and several other practical and theoretical aspects of theses problems. The cultural sector will surely continue to grow and flourish in this century, and governments need to pay due attention to stimulating sustainable employment. This will require a multi-pronged and cross-governmental approach, which simultaneously tackles issues of training provisions, equality of opportunity and post-training development.

The author, however, stresses that the overall availability of data remains unsatisfactory and that some observations and comments had to be understated because it was not possible to assess how prevalent they were across Europe.

For more information, please contact: The Cultural Policies Research and Development Unit, Cultural Policy and Action Department, Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France, fax: +33 3 88 41 37 82; e-mail: decsrdu@coe.int; http://www.coe.fr

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Cultural policy in action throughout Europe

Edited by Visibility DG IV in co-operation with the Cultural Policy and Action Department
Council of Europe Publishing, 2000, 34 pp.

The booklet Cultural policy in action throughout Europe reports on the activities of the Cultural Policy and Action Department of the Council of Europe. The first part of the publication is entitled 'Developing Europe's cultural policies', and it includes information on understanding culture and cultural policy, cultural policy review programme, activities related to Central and Eastern Europe, as well as general information about the Cultural Policies Research and Development Unit.

The title of the second part is 'Cultural challenges of contemporary society', and it includes information about new technologies and their impact and application in different cultural sectors.

'On-the-spot activities: co-operation and networks' is the third part of this publication, which presents the activities of the Council of Europe in supporting networks and networking. The last part, 'Visions of Europe: Council of Europe art exhibitions', gives a list of recently held exhibitions and those currently planned by the Council of Europe.

Each chapter contains a list of the most important web sites for the relevant topics.

This booklet is also published in French, entitled Politiques culturelles en action à travers l'Europe.

For more information, please contact: Cultural Policy and Action Department, Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France, fax: +33 3 88 41 37 82; e-mail: decsrdu@coe.int; http://culture.coe.int/clt/eng/eculture.html