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How should policymakers account for the value of art?

By Patricia Kaszynska  

© Jeff Medaugh

Given the widespread agreement that culture matters, it is astonishing how difficult it is to say why. The discussion seems to veer between emphatic assertions that art has truly “transformative” effects and more specific claims that the UK has the largest cultural and creative sector in the world relative to GDP, accounting for more than 7 per cent of the economy. Neither position seems to convince the public in a satisfactory…

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