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Public-Private Partnership in the Cultural Sector

A Comparative Analysis of European Models


Elena Borin

This book contributes to the debate on the emerging governance systems and management models of the cultural sector by means of a comparative analysis of significant case studies of public-private partnerships in Europe.

The research focuses on the development of public-private collaborations over the last five decades and investigates the emergence of multi-stakeholder partnerships in the cultural and creative field. The results of the analysis are interpreted in light of the discussion on the need to create integrated cultural systems at a local level that bring together cultural organizations, public authorities, citizens and communities. These territorial cultural ecosystems could unlock the potential of the cultural and creative sector and stimulate new ways to promote the cultural identity of the territory, giving a new role to cultural and creative organizations.

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Chapter I. Research Methodology


Chapter I

Research Methodology

The research presented in this book is aimed at exploring the development of public-private collaborations in the cultural sector in Europe and in investigating the development of public-private and civic partnerships in relation to the debate on the rethinking of the governance systems and management models of the cultural sector.

More precisely, the aim of the research was to identify significant public-private partnership (PPP) models in the cultural field in Europe and to understand how these models were promoting collaborative or participatory approaches in relation to the development of cultural ecosystem perspectives, in line with the trends of PPP and multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) analysis identified in literature. Consistently with current academic debates, the investigation on the shift from micro perspectives on governance and management of PPP collaboration towards meso (on a broader territory) perspective implemented through multi-stakeholder partnerships is investigated focusing on a double level, the micro level and the meso level.

The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of how the research was designed, the research approaches and phases, the selected methods of research (qualitative, based on a case study approach) as well as providing information on the sources of information (document research and interviews). In this chapter, the author explains the methodology used to collect information, data related to the research questions and an attempt is made to describe in depth the reasons that led to the decision to use the specific research...

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