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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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The aim of this book is to analyse some relevant examples of public-private cooperation in the cultural and creative sector in Europe, in order to investigate the evolution of public-private and multi-stakeholder partnerships in relation to the debate on the rethinking of the governance systems and management models of both the cultural and creative fields. In a nutshell, Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) are long-term cooperation agreements between public authorities and private partners, created to design, implement or carry out specific projects. Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs) are partnership agreements signed among a multiplicity of subjects, not only public and private but also civic ones (for example, citizens and communities) with similar objectives.

This research starts with an extensive literature review on the subject of public-private partnerships. It focuses in particular on the current and emerging trends of research on PPPs in the cultural sector and on evolving concepts such as that of multi-stakeholder partnerships implemented in ecosystem perspectives. The area of research is Europe, and the analysis is performed in four European countries: France, Germany, Italy and the UK. In relation to the topics that emerged during the literature review, the research aims at answering the following main research questions:

1. What are significant PPP models in the cultural sector in some key European countries? What are their main characteristics and their relation to their territorial ecosystem?

2. How have these PPPs in the cultural sector been implemented and what are their governance systems and management...

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