Cultural policy

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In a narrower understanding, cultural policy describes all actions of a state in the field of art ( visual arts , performing arts , music , literature ). In a broader understanding, cultural policy also includes other forms of social relationships such as language and school policy .

An exact definition of cultural policy depends on the underlying theoretical concept of culture and politics .

Carrier of cultural policy

The sponsors of cultural policy are not exclusively state institutions, but also private institutions such as foundations , associations and sponsors . In Germany , cultural policy is primarily the responsibility of the federal states , which coordinate their cultural policy in the Standing Conference . In this context, one speaks of the cultural sovereignty of the countries.

After the Second World War, the occupation forces took over in Germany, first in the occupied zones the Kulturpolitik.jegliche In the Soviet zone was the 1945 Cultural Association founded as a cultural-political institution for the whole of Germany, was in the western zones but do not claim because of reasonable suspicion of communist infiltration. In East Germany, the Kulturbund integrated itself into the centralized cultural policy of the SED , with the supporting companies playing a fundamental role as cultural-political institutions. In West Germany, even after the founding of the Federal Republic, there were initially only exceptions to legislative powers in the field of cultural policy. These include B. foreign cultural policy, the protection of German cultural assets against migration abroad (Article 73 I No. 5a of the Basic Law) and copyright and publishing law (Article 73 I No. 9 of the Basic Law).

A large part of cultural policy is carried out at the municipal level ( municipal cultural policy ). Unless state laws oblige the municipalities to keep cultural facilities available (e.g. public libraries and municipal archives as mandatory self-administration tasks in some federal states), the maintenance of cultural institutions (e.g. museums) is a typical voluntary self-administration task of the municipalities.

Gerd Hergen Lübben: Text banner "KULTUR IST ..." (Hanged out of the window during the discourse project "KULTUR 90" in Essen in 1988.)

On topics such as the future of the working society and new ways of cultural policy ( Hermann Glaser ), Is the Federal Republic a cultural state? ( Jost Hermand ), cultural politics and postmodernism ( Wolfgang Welsch ) and Societal value change and cultural policy innovation ( Helmut Klages ) and in the ambitious lead to concrete preparing a bid for the naming of the Ruhr as European Capital of Culture in 2010 (= RUHR.2010 ) found 1987 Essen a forum for cultural studies and cultural mediation took place, in which the author (and then head of the Essen Adult Education Center ) Gerd Hergen Lübben participated as a municipal representative; his text banner "KULTUR IST ..." was "hung out of the window" as a public contribution to the discussion during the cultural-political discourse project KULTUR 90 from the Essen House of Adult Education.

Areas of cultural policy

Cultural policy can be divided into six main areas, some of which are themselves defined as independent policy areas :

Promotion of culture and creation of framework conditions

One of the main tasks of cultural policy is to promote culture . In the traditional understanding of cultural policy, this includes direct financing of public institutions (e.g. theaters , museums , libraries ) and private cultural workers (e.g. film funding , art associations ). The financial variant of cultural funding also includes awarding prizes and grants. Culture continues to be promoted through the creation of legal and social framework conditions (e.g. tax law , media law , social policy ) stajeglichett. This also enables private cultural funding. At the federal level, the effects on cultural work through legislative activities are greater than the emphasis placed on direct cultural funding.

The coalition agreement between the SPD and Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen for the formation of the federal government Schröder II from 2002 resulted in “the further improvement of the legal framework for art and culture. This includes taking greater account of the cultural dimension of federal legislation and, if necessary, of major planning projects ( cultural impact assessment ) ”.

International cultural relations

Intergovernmental cultural policy affects international cultural relations . These describe the active mediation of the culture of a state in the world. This is operated primarily through the establishment of cultural institutes (e.g. Goethe Institute ), in which the members of a country can use the culture of the host country primarily through language courses and the use of extensive libraries . Another variant is the establishment of television and radio stations that can be received worldwide, the programming of which is deliberately not aimed at residents. In the age of globalization , foreign cultural and educational policy, which is primarily pursued by industrialized countries , serves the competition for highly qualified workers.

In the current discourse on cultural policy, cultural diplomacy as a pure cultural export of a country is highly controversial. In Germany, German foreign cultural and educational policy has been the third pillar of foreign policy since Willy Brandt and is no longer just used to present a country to the outside world, but is also an instrument of mediation between nations. Foreign cultural and educational policy also supports exchange and dialogue. In cooperation with developing and transition countries, programs for capacity development and professionalization, e.g. for journalists, are offered.

In 2003, the scientific service of the German Bundestag published a 54-page study entitled "Cultural Policy Debates in Germany since 1945".

Criticism of the cultural policy in Germany

The state cultural policy, as it is pursued by the federal government, but above all also by the federal states and municipalities and churches in the Federal Republic of Germany , has been criticized in various respects . Among other things, the setting of priorities in the selection of " eligibility " is criticized . Furthermore, those affected criticize the failure to take cultural minorities ( subculture ) into account in urban development and in the public-law mass media (cultural mandate). This is also expressed in demonstrations such as the Fuckparade , the Frankfurt night dance demo and alliances such as the Berlin radio campaign.

European instead of national culture

“When we talk about Europe, we are essentially talking about an idea. And the core of the core of this idea is culture [.] "

"In the course of time, the realization broke out that an overarching European culture beyond national cultures constitutes 'European identity' before many others [.]"

The idea behind the two quotations was the basis for the proclamation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. According to Matthias Wemhoff , the chairman of the National Program Advisory Board for the Cultural Heritage Year, this should make a contribution to questioning the idea of ​​a "national guiding culture " and thus fighting nationalism in Europe by showing people that the spirit, out of which they lived, a "European spirit" is.

Cultural policy research

Cultural policy research is still in a research niche in Germany. Practitioners mainly reflect on their experiences in publications. As an application-oriented, non-university research institute, the Institute for Cultural Policy of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft is one of the formative research institutions on cultural policy in Germany.

So far, only a few authors have researched cultural policy in political science. In 2017, Kilian H. Lembke published a study on the case study Norderstedt on municipal cultural policy, and in 2018 Michael Flohr presented an analysis of the Free State of Thuringia, which describes itself as a "cultural land". Both studies relate to a. on a network analytical approach that has become widely used and proven as a method for investigating policy areas.

The World Report on Cultural Policy New | Gestalten (2018) of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity (2005) .


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German-language magazines and yearbooks

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: Kulturpolitik  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Gabriele Clemens: British cultural policy in Germany 1945–1949, 1997.
  2. ^ Richard Erny, Wilhelm Godde, Karl Richter (eds.): Handbuch Kultur 90. Models and need for action for communal cultural work. Cologne 1988, pp. 274-278.
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  5. ^ Michael Flohr: Cultural Policy in Thuringia. Practices - Governance - Networks . transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2018, p. 317 .
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  7. ^ President of the Bundestag Lammert on the occasion of the public book presentation of Olaf Schwencke: The Europe of Cultures. Cultural Policy in Europe on October 25, 2006 in Berlin; quoted from the 2006 annual report of the Institute for Cultural Policy of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft, p. 18.
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