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Towards cultural democracy

King's College London, research report: Towards cultural democracy, promoting cultural capabilities for everyone.

In recent years, there has been increasing criticism of the prevailing approach to cultural policy in the UK, which places primary emphasis on promoting ‘access’ to the publicly funded arts. Critics of this approach call it ‘the deficit model’, as it implies that people who don’t attend publicly funded arts are not doing what they ‘should’.

These criticisms open-up key questions concerning the value of culture and the operations of power that enable and constrain what is culturally possible. But no-one has yet come up with a viable alternative vision of the future: an overall approach to cultural policy and practice beyond the deficit model. Just such an alternative vision is what this report offers: Towards #culturaldemocracy King's College London, report