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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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4.4.8. Concluding Remarks: PPPs and MSPs in the Cultural and Creative Sector in the UK


The research carried out in the UK meant to explore the development of public-private partnership and multi-stakeholder partnership in the cultural sector in the country by means of an empirical analysis of a significant case at the micro and meso territorial level.←200 | 201→

From the preparatory literature review, it emerged that Public-Private Partnership in the UK has been a significant topic, especially since the 1990s and significant experiences, such as the PFI – Private Finance Initiative. However, the approach to PPP has changed over time and it has now become more critical, in favour of the emergence of mixed and loosen types of partnerships that have presented more flexible schemes of cooperation. Since the beginning of the economic and financial crisis and its impact on the UK, the demand for a more value-based approach to PPP has emerged as well as a push towards the rediscovery of public values as drivers of the partnership projects. Moreover, multi-stakeholder partnership seems to have increased bringing significant experiences such as the emergence of CAs – Combined Authorities projects and the launching of LEP – Local Enterprise Partnership projects. In general, there is a shift in the approach towards partnerships that are now encouraged at a territorial level in the framework of ecosystem approaches.

This shift has become particularly evident in the cultural sector, where the impact of the crisis has reduced not only the funds to cultural organizations coming from local authorities, but also the funds available from national...

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