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The Heritage Game: Economics, Policy, and Practice

A new book by Alan Peacock and Ilde Rizzo that shows how economic analysis can be used to help formulate better heritage policies and overcome potential policy problems.

A notable feature in cultural life is the growing demand to preserve and promote public access to historical buildings and sites, and artistic treasures of the past. Governments are increasingly involved in financing and regulating private attempts to meet this growing demand as well as extending their own provision of these treasures in state and locally owned museums and galleries. These developments raise important issues about the scope, content, and relevance of heritage policies in today's world. Written by two leading figures in the field of cultural economics, this authoritative book focuses on the impact of economic analysis on the formulation and implementation of heritage policy.

Contents include:
Making difficult choices
Examining reasons for public intervention
Heritage institutions and the economy
Some economics of museums and galleries
Evaluating the demand for heritage
The practice of public intervention
Investment and performance appraisal
A possible agenda for heritage policy 

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