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Parties, promises and politics: exploring manifesto discourse on arts policy in Westminster, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish elections 1945-2011

Chaney, Paul 2015. Parties, promises and politics: exploring manifesto discourse on arts policy in Westminster, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish elections 1945-2011. International Journal of Cultural Policy 21 (5) , pp. 611-630. 10.1080/10286632.2014.943754

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Abstract

This study addresses a key knowledge-gap by exploring the role of electoral politics in shaping public policy on the arts. Analysis of the prioritisation and use of language in party manifestos in state-wide and regional elections in the UK reveals that over recent decades there has been a sharp increase in the attention parties give to arts policy as they compete for the political centre-ground. It also shows how the framing of arts policy has broadened from an initial concern with social policy objectives to emphasise economic benefits and boosting international standing. However, parties have generally failed to advance comprehensive arts strategies raising accountability issues in relation to future government policy. Against the backdrop of a global trend of state restructuring, the analysis reveals how devolution is leading to the territorialisation of policy – as framing is contingent on ‘regional’ party politics, including nation-building by civic nationalist parties.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1028-6632
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 September 2016
Date of Acceptance: 9 June 2014
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:24
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/94710

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