Many scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers in the cultural sector argue that Canadian cultural policy is at a crossroads: that the environment for cultural policy-making has evolved substantially and that traditional rationales for state intervention no longer apply. The concept of cultural citizenship is a relative newcomer to the cultural policy landscape, and offers a potentially compelling alternative rationale for government intervention in the cultural sector. Likewise, the articulation and use of cultural indicators and of governance concepts are also new arrivals, emerging as potentially powerful tools for policy and program development. "Accounting for Culture" is a unique collection of essays from leading Canadian and international scholars that critically examines cultural citizenship, cultural indicators, and governance in the context of evolving cultural practices and cultural policy-making. It will be of great interest to scholars of cultural policy, communications, cultural studies, and public administration alike.
Caroline Andrew is a professor in the School of Political Studies and the dean of the Faculty of Social Studies at the University of Ottawa. Monica Gattinger is an assistant professor in the Public Administration Program at the University of Ottawa. M. Sharon Jeannotte is manager of the International Comparative Socio-Cultural Research Unit in the Strategic Research and Analysis Directorate of the Department of Canadian Heritage (Government of Canada). Will Straw is an associate professor in and chair of the Department of Art History and Communications at McGill University.