Contradicting Cultural Policy: A comparative study of the cultural policy of the Scandinavian radical right
2015 (English)In: Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidskrift, ISSN 1403-3216, E-ISSN 2000-8325, no 1, 8-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Culture is a central concept for the Scandinavian radical right parties, but little research has been done on the cultural policy of these parties. This article is a comparative overview of the party programs of three Scandinavian radical right parties published during the latest decade. It relates the cultural policies of the radical right to the predominantly welfare-based corporatist cultural policy of the Scandinavian countries. Through a discursive policy analysis two problem representations have been identified: The view of multiculturalism as a threat to national culture and the view that public funding is a threat to freedom. The parties share a common understanding of cultural policy, with minor differences. There is an underlying conflict in the discourse: While the parties argue that the political governance of art needs to be limited, they are, at the same time, deeply involved in how cultural expressions and cultural life should be defined. By shedding light on the radical right cultural policy agenda it may be possible to politicize the cultural policy discourse overall and acknowledge the ideological dimension of cultural policy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2015. no 1, 8-26 p.
radical right, comparative research, autonomy, national culture, Scandinavia, problematization
radikalhöger, kulturpolitik, nationell kultur, Skandinavien, diskursanalys, högerradikala partier
Research subject Library and Information Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-3857OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-3857DiVA: diva2:878048