The new arts leader: the Australia Council and cultural policy change

Johanson, Katya and Rentschler, Ruth 2002, The new arts leader: the Australia Council and cultural policy change, International journal of cultural policy, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 167-180.

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Title The new arts leader: the Australia Council and cultural policy change
Author(s) Johanson, Katya
Rentschler, Ruth
Journal name International journal of cultural policy
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 167
End page 180
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1028-6632
1477-2833
Keyword(s) cultural policy
Australia Council
leadership
entrepreneurship
creativity
organisational Reform
Summary One consequence of the development of cultural policy has been a demand for more creative leadership in arts organisations. This article provides a case study of how leadership of the Australia Council changed from the 1970s to the beginning of the 21st century. It argues that changes to the way in which Australia Council chairs approached their role was shaped by, and contributed to, the trend towards constructing the arts as an industry. Part of this change sees the Australia Council subjected to aspects of reform, which were widely endorsed by the Australian public sector. The article identifies three styles of leadership exhibited by the chairs over the period: visionary, statesman and reformer, in three phases of the Council's history. It examines the political and social imperatives shaping these leadership styles.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2002, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006445

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