Arts, Humanities, and the Study of Governance: a conversation about arts and politics with Anthony Bertelli and Alex Turrini

Hamon Arts Library and the Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship Division


Arts, Humanities, and the Study of Governance: A conversation about arts and politics with Anthony Bertelli and Alex Turrini

Venue and Time: Hamon Arts Library, Conference Room 2250 (2nd floor)
February 12th, 12 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
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The relationship between arts and politics is widely studied in cultural studies, but scholars in the field have always underestimated the role of arts institutions in cultural policies. These agencies might work as gatekeepers and influencers in either speaking truth to power or in strengthening the narrative of power. The conversation will focus above all on the how today’s political instability shapes the behavior of intermediaries (i.e. independent funding agencies, bureaucracies deciding on funds, nonprofit arts institutions and its constituencies) in the arts world and, vice versa, how these actors shape the political discourse.


Anthony M. Bertelli (PhD, University of Chicago) is Full Professor at the Department of Political and Sciences at Bocconi University, Milan (Italy). He has been Professor of the Politics of Public Policy and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His research is focused on issues of governance, centering on the role of political institutions in shaping public policy outcomes and organizational structure. He is the author of four books, including: Madison’s Managers with Laurence E. Lynn, Jr. (Johns Hopkins University Press); The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance (Cambridge University Press); and Public Policy Investment with Peter John (Oxford University Press). His work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including: American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsBritish Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Public Administration Review.  

Alex Turrini (Ph.D., Bocconi Universit) is chair of the SMU Meadows Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship as well as visiting professor of arts management and cultural policy at SMU Meadows and Cox School of Business. Turrini is the author of numerous books and papers on these topics. His works have been published in International Journal of Arts Management, Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, International Journal of Cultural PolicyPublic Administration Review, and American Behavioral Scientist, among others. He serves as reviewer of some national and international journals and is associate editor in management for the International Journal of Arts Management.

Feature image: Ambrogio Lorenzetti. (1338-1339). Effects of Good Government on Town and Country at×423.jpg  

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