Art in Public: Politics, Economics, and a Democratic Culture by Lambert Zuidervaart

By Lambert Zuidervaart

This publication examines basic questions about investment for the humanities: Why should still governments supply investment for the humanities? What do the humanities give a contribution to everyday life? Do artists and their publics have a social accountability? demanding questionable assumptions in regards to the kingdom, the humanities, and a democratic society, Lambert Zuidervaart offers a lively case for presidency investment, in accordance with an important contributions the humanities make to civil society. He argues that the humanities give a contribution to democratic communique and a social economic system, fostering the serious and artistic discussion democratic society wishes. trained via the author's adventure best a nonprofit arts association in addition to his services within the arts, humanities, and social sciences, this publication proposes a wholly new belief of the general public function of artwork with wide-ranging implications for schooling, politics, and cultural coverage

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145. 5 Michael Rushton, “Public Funding of Artistic Creation: Some Hard Questions” (Regina: University of Regina, Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy, 2002), p. 2. 6 Bruno S. Frey, Arts and Economics: Analysis and Cultural Policy (Berlin: Springer, 2000); David Throsby, Economics and Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001). Frey and Throsby do not wish to abandon the standard economic framework but to modify it through interdisciplinary enrichment, whether through psychology or through cultural anthropology.

Ibid. Throsby, “The Production and Consumption of the Arts,” pp. 23–4. 38 39 What Good Is Art? 35 Along with this cultural deficit goes a lack of normative selfreflection. ”40 In emphasizing external benefits, efficiency arguments presuppose that it is good to meet widespread wants of individual consumers, regardless of whether their wants are worthwhile on other grounds. They presuppose the norm of maximal individual gratification. So too, equity arguments implicitly appeal to a normative notion of public justice.

Through differential pricing of tickets), then government intervention may be required and direct state subsidies warranted. Once economists have identified a significant distributional inequity, their debates focus on whether government intervention would be effective, what form it should take, and how one can demonstrate its effectiveness. Equity in access is not so transparent a concept as it might first seem, however. ” p. 132. Towse, “Achieving Public Policy Objectives in the Arts and Heritage,” p.

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