Building on previous modules on the MA Cultural Policy and Management, this elective explores key issues within contemporary UK cultural policy. The module is structured around a central narrative of public policy, culture and identity in modernity. Th...
Background information and reading lists for Contemporary UK Cultural Policy 2011-12
Background information, lecture schedules, assignment details and reading lists for Dr O'Brien's 2011-12 module in Contemporary UK Cultural Policy.
Lecture 5 Slides
Slides from Dr O'Brien's final lecture on contemporary UK cultural policy.
Lecture 5.2 Conclusions: Coalition Cultural Policy
The conclusion to the course is a discussion of Coalition cultural policy. Coalition policy is compared with New Labour’s approach and similarities and differences are suggested. The need to deal with the financial crisis is show to be the dominant frame for Coalition policy, creating the backdrop for strategic priorities around the Olympics, digital provision and innovation and new forms of funding for cultural organisations. The successes and failures of the early phase of Coalition cultural policy are discussed, including the abolition of various quangos, museums policy, cultural education and the move from Public Service Agreement targets to departmental milestones and business plans. Areas of continuity between New Labour and the Coalition are a major point of discussion, as the lecture suggests the issues explored in lecture one, of identity, governance and administration in modernity, remain the same for both New Labour and the Coalition. The lecture concludes by considering what areas have remained unexplored on the course and by suggesting the importance of engaging with cultural policy to offer a critique of the market failure model that dominates contemporary UK public administration.
Lecture 5.1 Conclusions: Managing the BBC
The concluding lecture begins with a case study of the BBC as an example of the themes of the course. The lecture begins by exploring the critiques and defences of the BBC’s part in contemporary British culture, before moving to analyse the BBC’s role in urban regeneration and management reform at the BBC. These two discussions link back to the first and second lectures of the course, showing the continued contested nature of culture, space and place, as well as showing the debates around the effects of ‘audit culture’ on the organisation of the BBC. The lecture concludes by asking what kind of citizens are created by both the BBC’s management structures and its use of social scientific survey techniques to understand consumer satisfaction.
Lecture 4 slides
Slides from Dr O'Brien's lecture on public value in cultural policy.
Lecture 4.2 The End of Public Value in Cultural Policy?
Part two of lecture four explores three case studies of the use of public value in cultural policy. The first case study, of Arts Council England’s Arts Debate, shows how public value was used as a form of institutional learning. The second, of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s use of public value, sees the term as a measurement framework. The final case study, of the BBC’s use of public value, presents the concept as a defensive strategy against ideological critiques and funding cuts. All three of these uses serve to illustrate the lack of coherence associated with the term public value and the lecture concludes by suggesting its usefulness maybe passed. In keeping with ideas of creative industries, culture-led regeneration, social inclusion and evidence based policy making, public value’s associations with New Labour mean it is no longer the right language with which to engage with government.