THE POLITICIZATION IN THE SELECTION OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

By Enrico Bertacchini

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The UNESCO World Heritage List is considered one of the most successful international systems for the protection of heritage as a global public good. Yet, the decision-making process behind the selection of heritage sites to be included in the List has been recognized to be subject to mounting politicization. In a recent research we document quantitatively such possibility exploring in depth the decisions of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for the period 2003-2012.

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USING EXPERIMENTS TO ADDRESS PARTICIPATORY MANAGEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

By Mina Dragouni and Nikos Georgantzis

Despite the increasing popularity of community-inclusive, bottom-up management in the field of cultural heritage, researchers on the subject still face the challenge of limited naturally-occurring data of participatory processes. This hinders the systematic study on the subject, which would be necessary for informing implementation to the real world. Is there any other way to gather relevant data and escape from this vicious circle? Well, we’d better start experimenting! Literally.

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CULTURAL DIPLOMACY: ARM’S LENGTH STRATEGIES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

By Kalliopi Fouseki and Dimitra Kizlari

Cultural diplomacy has been steadily gaining momentum the past decade in EU policy-making circles. Despite genuine efforts to build a common strategy, the member-states still have a long way as their individual differences in managing cultural relations present striking variance.

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THE ROLE PLAYED BY CULTURAL HERITAGE IN INFLUENCING THE LOCATION CHOICES OF SKILLED INDIVIDUALS

By Pia Nilsson and Mikaela Backman

The development of regions is determined by the knowledge and skills of people living there. Thus, it is in the interest of local policy makers to find location-specific attractors. New research shows that cultural heritage is one of these attractions.

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