Cultural governance: A comparative study of three cultural districts

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This article reviews the concept of cultural governance. Three cases of cultural governance are examined including the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) in Colorado, the Metropolitan Zoological Parkand Museum District (MZPMD) in Missouri, and the Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD) in Pennsylvania. This study shows that cultural governance has emerged as an innovative and effective institutional and financial arrangement that supports local and regional cultural activities. It also suggests that the successful performance of cultural governance relies on strategic coalitions behveen cultural stakeholders, healthy city-county partnerships, and stable funding mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-454
Number of pages23
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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