Accounting for Culture. Thinking Through Cultural by Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Will

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By Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Will Straw

Many students, practitioners, and policy-makers within the cultural area argue that Canadian cultural coverage is at a crossroads: that the surroundings for cultural policy-making has developed considerably and that conventional rationales for kingdom intervention now not apply.

The thought of cultural citizenship is a relative newcomer to the cultural coverage panorama, and provides a in all probability compelling replacement motive for presidency intervention within the cultural quarter. Likewise, the articulation and use of cultural symptoms and of governance options also are new arrivals, rising as very likely robust instruments for coverage and application development.

Accounting for tradition is a special number of essays from major Canadian and foreign students that severely examines cultural citizenship, cultural symptoms, and governance within the context of evolving cultural practices and cultural policy-making. it will likely be of significant curiosity to students of cultural policy,...

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Building trust relations between participants is a necessary stage, particularly in fluid, network-based decision-making structures and this can never be an automatic process. The delicate balance of government engagement without government domination is one of the major challenges of governance processes. Paquet insists on the importance of this for the cultural field as his argument, is that governments should “tread lightly” in this field, recognizing that the major actors are those directly involved in cultural activities.

Signalons La publication récente d’un document important, écrit en collaboration avec Lise santerre, qui trace l’évolution des pratiques culturelles au Québec au cours de la période de 1979 à 1999, Déchiffrer la culture au Québec, vingt ans de pratiques culturelles, paru aux Publications du Québec. MONICA GATTINGER is an assistant professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her principal areas of research inquiry concern public policy, public administration, and governance, and her main research interests pertain to business-government-society relations, public consultation, and the influence of globalization on public policy and public administration.

Governance also incorporates the new demands of citizens and groups to be involved in decisions that affect them. This creates challenges for governments, as we have discussed, in thinking about appropriate structures and processes, but it has also changed the methods of citizen involvement. If citizens and civil society groups want to have influence, they have to make use of techniques that governments can understand. As Mercer so eloquently puts it, counting is crucial. This is one of the interesting points of possible interaction of government and citizens—governments being under pressure for greater accountability and transparency and citizens wanting ways of intervening that have resonance with the bureaucracy as well as with elected representatives.

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