Integration by interpellation : the European capitals of culture and the role of experts in EU cultural policies
Title: Integration by interpellation : the European capitals of culture and the role of experts in EU cultural policies
Author: PATEL, Kiran Klaus
Citation: Journal of common market studies, 2013, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 538-554
In analyzing the European Capitals of Culture programme, this article argues that transnational experts have had a large impact on this flagship of European Union (EU) cultural policy by forming a close-knit advocacy coalition with official EU actors. Most recent developments, however, have added a new dimension. The Commission has now developed a subtle technique of governmentality focusing the programme more on its ‘European dimension’. The article discusses this evolution and the role of transnational actors, the limits to integration intrinsic to culture as a policy domain, and the attempts of both official actors and experts to work around such constraints.
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