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Achieving Cultural Sustainability in Museums: A Step Toward Sustainable Development

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  • Izabela Luiza Pop

    () (North University Center of Baia Mare, Faculty of Sciences, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 76 Victoriei St., 430122 Baia Mare, Romania)

  • Anca Borza

    () (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Babeș-Bolyai University, 58-60 Teodor Mihali St., 400591 Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

  • Anuța Buiga

    () (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Babeș-Bolyai University, 58-60 Teodor Mihali St., 400591 Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

  • Diana Ighian

    () (North University Center of Baia Mare, Faculty of Sciences, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 76 Victoriei St., 430122 Baia Mare, Romania)

  • Rita Toader

    () (North University Center of Baia Mare, Faculty of Sciences, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 76 Victoriei St., 430122 Baia Mare, Romania)

Abstract

Cultural sustainability is increasingly being perceived as a fourth dimension of sustainable development. So far, some studies have debated the way in which cultural sustainability can lead to economic, social, and environmental benefits, while others have highlighted how the classic pillars of sustainability can help museums to achieve their core cultural mission. However, empirical studies regarding cultural sustainability in museums are scarce. Thus, one of the aims of our research was to fill this gap by developing several econometric models that explain the influence of heritage exposure; environmental behavior; openness to the public; and effectiveness and performance in collecting, preserving, and researching the cultural heritage. A second aim was to advance the current knowledge in this field by creating an integrated frame that explains the interconnections between different variables that help museums become sustainable, as well as the place and role of cultural sustainability within the overall framework of sustainable development. To achieve these goals, an in-depth analysis of the literature was followed by a survey of 86 Romanian museums. The results show that the ability of museums to reach cultural sustainability is influenced by components of their social and economic performance, while environmental behavior proved to be insignificant.

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  • Izabela Luiza Pop & Anca Borza & Anuța Buiga & Diana Ighian & Rita Toader, 2019. "Achieving Cultural Sustainability in Museums: A Step Toward Sustainable Development," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(4), pages 1-22, February.
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    Keywords

    sustainability; museums; heritage; cultural sustainability; effectiveness; environment; attractivity;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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