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Public Orchestra Funding in Germany – An Empirical Investigation

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  • Günther Schulze
  • Anselm Rose

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In this paper, we describe the institutional framework in which heavy subsidization of German classical orchestras takes place and provide figures on the structure and the level of public support. Moreover, we derive and test various hypotheses concerning the political-economic determinants of public orchestra support. We analyze the political support-maximizing calculus of local politicians – the relevant decision-makers for orchestra subsidization in Germany. We find that public funding increases with increasing population; public debt and budget figures exert strong influences on the level of support. In addition, conservative and liberal politicians tend to support classical orchestras more than Social Democratic and Green politicians do. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

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  • Günther Schulze & Anselm Rose, 1998. "Public Orchestra Funding in Germany – An Empirical Investigation," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 22(4), pages 227-247, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:22:y:1998:i:4:p:227-247
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1007526028884
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