Review of “The Economics of Cultural Policy”

This book discusses arts policy, cultural industries, heritage and tourism. Throsby unpacks his position toward the arts, his voice as the art defender is rendered mainly in these chapters. Throsby is concerned with the efficient allocation of funding for the arts, as Max Weber was. However, Weber worried that in the quest for efficiency, “the rational organization of social life was leading to a soulless, planned, bureaucratized world, where spontaneity, creativity, freedom of thought and expression were eliminated” (Hughes, Martin & Sharrock, 1995, p.12). Similarly, although Throsby might not admit it, he takes a Weberian perspective on the discussions of bureaucracy and legitimacy. Throsby implies an organized world where policymakers by acquiring special knowledge of their skills (in this case Throsby’s tools), will legitimize their authority on policymaking…

Marisol D’Andrea (2011). Book review, “The Economics of Cultural Policy” (2010) by David Throsby. International Journal of Cultural Policy,17(5), 645-647.

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