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Multistakeholder Governance in the field of Culture

What is Multistakeholder Governance?

The multistakeholder governance model is a governance structure that seeks to bring stakeholders together to participate in the dialogue, decision making, and implementation of solutions to common problems or goals. The multistakeholder process involves the full involvement of all stakeholders, consensus-based decision-making and operating in an open, transparent and accountable manner. A stakeholder refers to an individual, group, or organisation that has a direct or indirect interest or stake in a particular organisation, these may be businesses, civil society, governments, research institutions, and non-government organisations.

The Multistakeholder Governance Model Enhances Democracy

Multistakeholderism is a framework and means of engagement, it is not a means of legitimisation. Legitimisation comes from people, from work with and among people. Multistakeholder processes could and should enhance democracy by increasing opportunities for effective participation by those most directly impacted by decisions and particularly those at the grassroots who so often are voiceless in these processes. It should enhance democracy by ensuring that decisions made are reflective of and responsive to local concerns and to the broadest range of those who must bear the consequences. It should enhance democracy by making democratic processes more flexible and responsive, able to adjust to changing contexts circumstances, technologies, impacted populations.

The Compendium Addressing aspects of Multistakeholder Governance

For the Compendium project, the multistakeholder governance model is a rather new element which nevertheless has been treated both as a transversal issue of relevance in different areas of cultural policy making and as a theme of specific sub-chapters in the Compendium country profiles. As a consequence, there are several strands of related information and data  found in various sub-sections of individual Compendium country profiles.

Some of this content has been condensed into comparative / statistical tables that address e.g.: Public Bodies Responsible for National Cultural Policy Developments, Selected Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue Policies in Different Sectors; etc.

Together with important background documents and links to research, such information can assist governments and NGOs in their efforts to start monitoring and comparing policies and related measures that aim at enhancing multistakeholder governance. As well, reflection processes are supported in order to determine, in which way multistakeholder governance can play an essential role in democratic governance as well as for a sustainable democratic society.