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State Support and Creativity in the Arts: Some New Considerations

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Neglected aspects of state support for the arts are discussed through posing two questions. First, “What kind of state is providing that support?” The extent and type of public support and its effects on the arts crucially depends on whether the state is centralised or decentralised, and on whether it is authoritarian or democratic. Second, “How is artistic creativity fostered?” ”Institutional creativity” is best supported by attributing a large role to the market and market-like institutions. “Personal creativity” hinges on intrinsic motivation, which may be crowded out by different types of public support. Important consequences for the public support of the arts follow. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

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  • Bruno Frey, 1999. "State Support and Creativity in the Arts: Some New Considerations," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 23(1), pages 71-85, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:23:y:1999:i:1:p:71-85
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1007518203490
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    2. Jason Potts, 2009. "Why creative industries matter to economic evolution," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(7), pages 663-673.
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    4. Marriott, Lisa, 2010. "The Science of Taxing the Arts," Working Paper Series 4041, Victoria University of Wellington, The New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation.
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