COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Austria/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.1 Constitution

An attempt to take stock of the prevailing legal regulations in the cultural sector in Austria is impeded by two factors. First, Austria is a federal state with relatively independent Bundesländer; this independence is reflected in the assignment of responsibilities for culture to the Bundesländer. Secondly, the Austrian Federal Constitution does not explicitly mention arts and culture. Statutory provisions regulating the cultural sector have not been laid down in a comprehensive Cultural Act, nor have they been systematically collected.

Therefore, the statutes referring to the cultural sector are found throughout the legal system: for example in the Federal Constitution Act (see chapter 5.1.2) or the Basic Law on Civil Rights (including Freedom for the Arts – Paragraph 17a, 1982).


Chapter published: 02-02-2016

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