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Knowledge Production as Mediator Between Aesthetics and Politics: The Role of Research in Cultural Policy

 

This chapter discusses the role of knowledge and knowledge production within the discourse and practice of cultural policy. The vantage point of the analysis is that it is an interdependency between cultural policy and cultural policy research; between the production of knowledge and the production of policy. The nature of interdependency, as well as the relational structures between these two fields, are the focal points of the chapter. Hylland and Mangset approach politics and expert knowledge as two distinctive value systems, and aim to understand how these systems interact.  With a vantage point from general studies of political use of knowledge and using concrete cases of commissioned research, including their own, Hylland and Mangset describe a general framework for how we might understand and analyse the nature of the relation between cultural policy and cultural policy research.