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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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This work presents a research that would not have been possible without the guidance of my PhD supervisor, Prof. Fabio Donato. To him go special thanks for helping me grow in my academic and research path and for his friendship and support in many other areas of my life.

I would like to express my gratitude to the other professors who were supervising me during my research abroad: Prof. Christian Ost of ICHEC Management School in Brussels, Prof. Daniel Reichvarg of the University of Burgundy and Prof. Christine Sinapi of Burgundy School of Business in Dijon, Prof. Harald Pechlaner of the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt and Prof. Chris Skelcher of the University of Birmingham. This research was possible thanks to you and your teams and I hope our collaboration will continue in the future.

A special acknowledgement goes to the University of Ferrara – Department of Economics and Management, and to its professors and researchers who helped me to better shape my research with their comments and critical analyses. I would also like to express my gratitude to ENCATC – European Network of Cultural Administration training centres, to the president Annick Schramme, the members of the jury of the ENCATC Research Award and to Peter Lang Publishing for giving me the chance to publish this research and promote my work at an international level. I would like also to thank the team at ENCATC and its Secretary General, Giannalia Cogliandro, for creating the many significant networking...

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