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Culture: Democratic Governance – Diversity – Rights – Access – Socio-Economic Impacts

Themes and Transversal Issues in Cultural Policy

The content of the Compendium information and monitoring system focuses on democratic governance in the cultural domain and other priority issues of the Council of Europe, including but not limited to those set by the Warsaw Summit of Heads of State (2005) and the Baku Conference of Ministers (December 2008): cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion.The extensiveStructure of 44 (soon 46) Compendium country profiles, which greatly expanded over the past 15 years and is now available in 26 different languages, encompasses 9 chapters addressing: historical developments; main objectives; decision-making processes; current policy issues; legal frameworks; cultural infrastructures; funding provisions; support to creativity and participation; and information sources. 70 sub-chapters, each with different questions and indicators, further add to this comprehensive system.

Transversal Themes

Based on a permanent reflection process within the Compendium "community of practice" and on meaningful user feedback, the editors decided to complement this multifaceted structure of national profiles first by adding comparative and monitoring tables and later by including a special section with statistical comparisons. More recently, this transversal "Themes!" section has been created in order to better integrate information on different, cross-cutting issues addressed in the sub-chapters of Compendium profiles, in particular on those highlighting the role of cultural freedom, diversity, access and dialogue for safeguarding democracy. At present, the following themes are addressed (with more to follow in the future):

These transversal themes have been identified as issues of priority to the Council of Europe, to experts in other international organisations and in the participating Compendium countries, as well as to the research community. All issues are reported on in different parts of the Compendium profiles and are addressed in comparative and/or monitoring tables produced over the past years.

The main objectives of this section are to:

  • facilitate transversal approaches to reflection, analysis and monitoring processes ;
  • enable integrated access to specific "information clusters" from one point within the Compendium system;
  • visually demonstrate cross referencing and links between sub-chapters in the Compendium; and
  • better promote Compendium monitoring tables and comparative tools.

Users will select one of these issues and be led to its individual web page containing the following type of information:

  • short introduction (relevance, methodology, definitions etc.);
  • links to relevant Compendium sub-chapters, enabling users to create integrated country reports (compiling information from different countries or from different chapters into one document);
  • existing and new comparative, monitoring or statistical tables; and
  • links to key resources (permanently updated).

In the part on "Intercultural Dialogue", more specific information can be collected on the "Intercultural Cities Index" pages and from our "Database of Good Practice" cases.

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              Council of Europe/ERICarts, "Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, 15th edition", 2014 | ISSN 2222-7334