Cultural Policy and Political Cycles: The Case of Greece
Greece prides itself in its 'culture' as the arts, the performing arts (theaters) and museums, in particular, play an important role in public campaigns. However, the question arises as to whether public cultural expenditures as an indication of the significance of cultural policy are really as important when compared to other policy fields as political parties and the government try to suggest. A quantitative and qualitative analysis is utilized in order to assess whether cultural expenditures increase with growing GDP but are vulnerable to short term fluctuations as well as whether they are independent of public policy variations and political business cycles.
Keywords: Cultural Policy, Arts, Heritage, Cultural Expenditure, Greece
Prof. Theodore Koutsobinas
Assistant Professor, Department Of Statistics, University of the Aegean
Actuarial Studies, University of the Aegean, Greece and Graduate Program, Department of Statistics, Athens University of Economics and Business
Dr. Theodore Koutsobinas taught Economics at the University of the Aegean and
the University of Patras in Greece, the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the
American-Intercontinental University, London, UK. He served as an advisor to
various Greek banks, to the Ministry of National Economy and to well-known
international banks in NYC. He received a PhD in Economics from the New
School University, NYC, USA and his post-doctorate studies were conducted at
Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.