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Public Nordic Cultural Policy - Historical preconditions, overriding objectives, significant developments, recent challenges.

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Public Nordic cultural policy have, especially since the 1960s, in large part been characterised by convergence regarding major elements. In addition the Nordic countries, like other European national states are today confronted with and affected by fundamental late-modern processes: Globalisation, migration, economic instrumentalisation, political colonisation, questions of the freedom of speech, issues on national identity vs. cosmopolitanism etc. By these and other reasons it is reasonable to speak of a pan-Nordic cultural policy model in 2016, while still highlighting the fact, that cultural policies in Norden also differ mutual in many aspects.

The survey introduces and discusses major common public cultural policy elements in the five Nordic national states (Denmark, Island, Norway, Sweden and Finland), the autonomous and semi autonomous small nations (Greenland, The Faeroe Islands, the Åland Islands and the Sami Region) together with the cultural cooperation in the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Cultural Foundation. Special attention will be paid to the period 1960-2014.

Following issues will be presented and discussed: Historical preconditions, overriding objectives, the Nordic arms length principle, the Nordic Model of Copyright, significant developments, recent challenges. Where appropriate, the Nordic features will be compared to corresponding objectives and developments in other European countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAn Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Nordic Culture
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publication date2017
StateAccepted/In press - 2017

Bibliographical note

Public Nordic cultural policy have, especially since the 1960s, in large part been characterised by convergence regarding major elements. In addition the Nordic countries, like other European national states are today confronted with and affected by fundamental late-modern processes: Globalisation, migration, economic instrumentalisation, political colonisation, questions of the freedom of speech, issues on national identity vs. cosmopolitanism etc. By these and other reasons it is reasonable to speak of a pan-Nordic cultural policy model in 2016, while still highlighting the fact, that cultural policies in Norden also differ mutual in many aspects.

The survey introduces and discusses major common public cultural policy elements in the five Nordic national states (Denmark, Island, Norway, Sweden and Finland), the autonomous and semi autonomous small nations (Greenland, The Faeroe Islands, the Åland Islands and the Sami Region) together with the cultural cooperation in the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Cultural Foundation. Special attention will be paid to the period 1960-2014.

Following issues will be presented and discussed: Historical preconditions, overriding objectives, the Nordic arms length principle, the Nordic Model of Copyright, significant developments, recent challenges.
Where appropriate, the Nordic features will be compared to corresponding objectives and developments in other European countries.

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Nordic Cultural Policies, Nordic cultural cooperation, The Nordic Cultural Agreement, The Nordic/Scandinavian Countries and Cultural policy post WWII

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