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With over 70 goals, it is difficult to identify a cultural policy theme in the National Programme for Culture 2014-2017.

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Slovenia/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and debates  

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

Public debates in the field of cultural policy have for the past years been particularly focused on changes to the cultural policy system. Firstly, it is unclear whether a policy of Minister Grilc, which was focused on a highly general triad of cultural policy objectives (diversity, quality and accessibility), was effective and even theoretically consistent, leading some experts to question whether there should be a more specific focus on the objectives of cultural policy (the National Programme for Culture 2014-2017 has over 70 goals and it is, therefore, almost impossible to identify a clear direction in cultural policy). Secondly, it remains unclear what the focus of new cultural policy should be: should it be in the mentioned triad of general objectives?; should be it be in the economic and other instrumental effects of cultural activities, which are coming to the fore with the present financial crisis?; or should it lie in the conceptual and value-based debates over cultural policy goals and objectives? Finally, it frequently appears that Slovenian cultural policy remains trapped in the interest-based decisions and public debates and it remains questionable whether previously mentioned conceptual debates are important at all to the wider cultural public.

Chapter published: 11-02-2015

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