Making Culture Count

The Politics of Cultural Measurement

  • Lachlan MacDowall
  • Marnie Badham
  • Emma Blomkamp
  • Kim Dunphy

Part of the New Directions in Cultural Policy Research book series (NDCPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction: Making Culture Count

    1. Lachlan MacDowall
      Pages 1-5
  3. Qualifying and Quantifying Cultural Value: Critical Accounts of the History and Politics of Cultural Measurement

  4. Making Culture Count in Political Contexts and Discourses

  5. Critical and Creative Approaches to Cultural Measurement Practice

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 299-304

About this book


This book is a collection of diverse essays by scholars, policy-makers and creative practitioners who explore the burgeoning field of cultural measurement and its political implications. Offering critical histories and creative frameworks, it presents new approaches to accounting for culture in local, national and international contexts.


Cultural policy Art and culture Cultural measurement Cultural indicators Evaluation Cultural development Evidence-based policy Cultural democracy Instrumentalisation International development Cultural heritage Cultural value Cultural statistics Wellbeing Community Citizen engagement community democracy emotion evaluation Nation participation politics statistics sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Lachlan MacDowall
    • 1
  • Marnie Badham
    • 1
  • Emma Blomkamp
    • 2
  • Kim Dunphy
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Innovate ChangeNew Zealand
  3. 3.Cultural Development NetworkAustralia

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