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Culture, policy and subsidiarity in the European Union: From symbolic identity to the governmentalisation of culture

Barnett, Clive (2001). Culture, policy and subsidiarity in the European Union: From symbolic identity to the governmentalisation of culture. Political Geography, 20(4) pp. 405–426.

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Abstract

This paper critically assesses the discourse of cultural policy initiatives of the European Union (EU) during the 1990s. It focuses upon the formulation of so-called ‘cultural action’ following the recognition of culture in the Treaty on European Union in 1992. It explores the multiple instrumentalities ascribed to culture as a medium for the management of European integration, and suggests that the evolution of policies to promote cultural co-operation are indicative of a progressive ‘governmentalisation’ of culture at the EU-level. The paper argues that the focus of critical evaluation of EU cultural-policy should be upon practices of citizenship participation in emergent network polities.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0962-6298
Keywords: Culture; Policy; European Union; Subsidiarity; Governmentality; Citizenship
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Geography
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 7151
Depositing User: Clive Barnett
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2010 05:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/7151
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