Balancing act : twenty-one strategic dilemmas in cultural policy

Council of Europe,
15 April 1999, Belgium

The age of the command economy has passed. Governments across the continent increasingly recognise the limits to their ability to make things happen. The complexity of contemporary society and the interdependency of local and national economies mean that Governments must influence rather than direct change. They must work with and through a vast range of public, private and independent sector partners. Nowhere is this more true than in the fluid, changeable world of culture, where the state’s efforts in one direction will often produce unexpected, perhaps unwanted, results elsewhere. In the cultural sector, individual vision can have a huge and unforeseen impact, where substantial public resources can appear to produce no change at all.