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Do policy reviews matter? An exploratory analysis of the determinants of government financial support for the arts in Australia 1967 to 2007
Topic(s): research on arts and cultural economics, public and private funding policies / research,  arts philanthropy, social investment
Keywords:  non-profit arts organizations - sustainability - research - fiscal health - statistics - strategies

 This paper examines the determinants of Australian government arts expenditure with particular attention to the role played by the political persuasion of the government and high profile government reviews of arts policy, which might be thought to foster support for government arts and cultural expenditures. We build on Getzners (2002) time series analysis of public cultural expenditures which noted that the political persuasion of the government appeared to have no impact on the total level of cultural expenditures. Lewis and Rushton (2006), in their panel data analysis of state appropriations to arts agencies across the United States, similarly concluded that the complexion of the state legislatures had no significant effect on spending.

Author / Published by: Kate MacNeill and Jenny Lye, University of Melbourne
Year of publication: 2010
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