The ‘Bundeskulturminister’ and other Stories

observations on the politics of culture in Germany

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The discussion regarding a future Bundesminister, or Beauftragter, for culture, began in early 1998, gathered momentum and continued through the year to become a prominent theme during the federal election campaign. Apart from engendering a media fascination, other ramifications for cultural policy appeared along the way as the relationship between culture and politics, internally and externally, received a new round of examination. This article suggests that, among various other aspects, the issue reflected antecedent concerns in Germany about how to treat this relationship, especially regarding any defining of a ‘national culture’, the role of the state, and the potential for centralisation of decision making.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-58
Number of pages16
JournalGerman Politics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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