Integration by Interpellation: The European Capitals of Culture and the Role of Experts in European Union Cultural Policies

K.K. Patel*

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In analyzing the European Capitals of Culture programme, this article argues that transnational experts have had a large impact on this flagship of European Union (EU) cultural policy by forming a close-knit advocacy coalition with official EU actors. Most recent developments, however, have added a new dimension. The Commission has now developed a subtle technique of governmentality focusing the programme more on its European dimension'. The article discusses this evolution and the role of transnational actors, the limits to integration intrinsic to culture as a policy domain, and the attempts of both official actors and experts to work around such constraints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-554
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


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