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Comparative cultural research and analysis

 ... is an important tool in the development of local, regional, national and transnational policies and programmes by offering models for understanding and to reduce the uncertainties and complexities inherent in policy making. As we bear witness to the further integration of nations, regions and peoples, national authorities require such information in order to recognise the effects of their decision making beyond their jurisdictions.  

Comparative cultural research and analysis is distinct from most traditional fields of academic research.  It is multifaceted, multipurpose and multidisciplinary.  It employs techniques and concepts from other recognised disciplines and in the process seeks to achieve its own academic legitimacy. 

Sets of articles will be published on a regular basis, as they are made available. Set 1 includes a series of older articles that may be out of print or hard to find. As we are preparing for Set 2, researchers and other specialists are invited to submit their more recent articles on comparative cultural policy analysis and methodologies as a means to build up areas of knowledge and contribute to the setting of professional standards.


 Set 1, January 2011, updated in September 2011 ("Vintage" Documents)

Bennett, Tony and Mercer, Colin: Improving Research and International Co-operation for Cultural Policy. Background Paper for the UNESCO Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development held in Stockholm, Sweden 30 March - 2 April 1998.

Cliche, Danielle: Building An Information System for Cultural Policies in Europe: Experiences from the Compendium Project. Presentation to the UNESCO/CONACULTA International Seminar on Cultural Indicators, Mexico City, 7-9 May 2003. 

Cliche, Danielle: International Comparative Research:  Understanding the Past, Restructuring the Present,  Rethinking the Future. Published in Crossing Frontiers: Issues of Heritage, Culture and Identity in a Comparative Context. Symposium proceedings. June 13-15, Ottawa/Hull, Canada. International Comparative Research Group, January 1995.

Insert Image: pdfsmall.gifKlaic, Dragan: A Theater to be Reinvented. Keynote address to the IETM Plenary Meeting, Zagreb, March 23 - 25,1990. A work biography of Dragan Klaic, who died in August 2011.

Mitchell, Ritva: Cultural Policy Evaluation as a Means of a Schemata Construction and as a Policy Instrument. Presentation to the Second International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand, 23-26 January 2002.

Mitchell, Ritva: International Cultural Comparisons: The State of the Art from a Policy Perspective. Published in Crossing Frontiers: Issues of Heritage, Culture and Identity in a Comparative Context. Symposium proceedings. June 13-15, Ottawa/Hull, Canada. International Comparative Research Group, January 1995.

Schuster, Mark: Informing Cultural Policy: Data, Statistics and Meaning. Presentation to the UIS International Symposium, "Statistics in the Wake of Challenges Posed by Cultural Diversity in a Globalization Context"  Montréal, Canada, October 21-23, 2002. A work biography of Mark Schuster, who died in February 2008.

Švob-Đokić, Nada and Obuljen, Nina:  Comparative Cultural Policy Issues Related to Cultural Diversity in South East Europe. A cultural policy paper commissioned by Policies for Culture, 2003. 

Wiesand, Andreas: Comparative Cultural Policy Research in Europe: A Change of Paradigm. Published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 27 (2002) 369-378. 

Conference Recommendations

CULTURE: Research-Policies-Development. Recommendations from the ERICarts/CIRCLE workshop on Applied Cultural Research Methodologies, Moscow, Russia, 1-3 July 2001.

Improving Knowledge and Tools for the Implementation of Cultural Policies for Development. Recommendations from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and SIDA Conference held in Uppsala, Sweden, 2-4 December 2001.
The Cultural Policy Research Award
The Cultural Policy Research Award was launched in 2004 by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and since 2008, is developed in partnership with and managed by ENCATC. Through the CPRA annual competition, the programme partners aim to encourage and enable cultural young policy researchers to undertake comparative and cross-cultural applied research that can inform policymaking and benefit practitioners active in the field. The Award is devoted to research projects which shed light on contemporary European cultural issues and challenges.