Epilogue: A Systemic View of Dutch Cultural Policy in the Next 25 Years

van den Hoogen, Q. & van Meerkerk, E., 30-Oct-2018, Cultural Policy in the Polder: 25 Years Dutch Cultural Policy Act. van Meerkerk, E. & van den Hoogen, Q. L. (eds.). Amsterdam University Press, p. 269-286 17 p.

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This epilogue takes a step back using the insights brought to light in this book to dwell on Dutch cultural policy in the next 25 years. If anything, the analyses in the preceding chapters have revealed that Dutch cultural policy is very systematic: it developed into an intricate system with particular roles for policy agents and particular subsidy regimes for different types of cultural institutions. For example, there is the Basic Infrastructure for those institutions deemed indispensable to Dutch culture, the funds supporting the more experimental producers of culture, a different subsidy scheme for enhancing audience reach, and a specific budget for international cultural policy. Dutch cultural policy can truly be described as a system. Therefore, in this epilogue we will use a systems theory perspective as a guiding framework and ask ourselves questions as to the future of that system in the coming decades.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Policy in the Polder
Subtitle of host publication25 Years Dutch Cultural Policy Act
EditorsEdwin van Meerkerk, Quirijn Lennert van den Hoogen
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9789462986251
Publication statusPublished - 30-Oct-2018


  • cultural policy, Dutch cultural policy, globalisation, digitalisation
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