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How diverse is the World Heritage list?


  • Donatella Saccone
  • Walter Santagata


The aim of the paper is twofold. First, we measure the degree of cultural diversity on the World Heritage list, considering both geographical and chronological unbalances. Second, we estimate the number of sites that would guarantee the highest level of cultural diversity and, then, we propose to increase the quality of the World Heritage list through a tournament model. The results show that, even if cultural diversity attained a good level, notable geographical unbalances overstayed and further improvement may be achieved by increasing the number of sites filling cultural categories still not represented. This would result in 358 new properties.

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  • Donatella Saccone & Walter Santagata, 2012. "How diverse is the World Heritage list?," International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 8(4/5/6), pages 337-361.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijpubp:v:8:y:2012:i:4/5/6:p:337-361

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