Economics, Cultural Values and Cultural Policies

  • Alan Peacock
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Abstract

It is a truism that before we can decide whether or not a set of cultural policies has a consistent pattern, it is necessary to specify the policy objectives. In order to specify the objectives, we have to go back a stage and identify the set of values which enable these objectives to be identified. Then we encounter further difficulties. Values differ from individual to individual, from group to group, from political party to political party. To seek a consensus of values is as elusive as The Hunting of the Snark in Lewis Carroll’s famous poem. You may recall that the leader of that ill-fated expedition — the Bellman —

bought a large map representing the sea, Without the least vestige of land: And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be A map they could all understand “Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes! But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank” (So the crew would protest) “that he’s bought us the best — A perfect and absolute blank!”

Keywords

Income Assure Prefix Acoustics Alan 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Peacock
    • 1
  1. 1.Scottish Arts CouncilScotland

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