Steunpunt Buitenlands Beleid
01/10/2008 - 30/09/2011
Has been initialized

The central research question and problem of this project is to what extent subsidiarity is sufficiently delineated and articulated (within a politically, economic and technologically globalising world and its inherent complex multilevel governance system), in order to guarantee the development and promotion of cultural diversity in the short, middle and long term, and this in accordance with the goals of a.o. the EU Member States, Flanders and Unesco.

Given the perceived need to systematically map this complex and multilevel governance context, in view of the long-term preservation of cultural diversity, it is necessary to:
1/ grasp the complex interinstitutional architecture and the underlying dialectics and decision-making processes that direct the policy-making in the cultural, i.e. audiovisual sector, more specifically regarding the subthemes of aid mechanisms, PSB and film. In particular, it is necessary to analyse if and with what means Flanders succeeds in achieving its cultural and media policy objectives and in defending its values at the different policy levels, as such putting them on the transnational policy-making agenda, by means of (formalised and more informal) procedures and their subsequent political representation levels.
2/ assess to what extent Flanders develops, claims and maintains margins for manoeuvre in the field of state aid policy and mechanisms, to pursue an economically sustainable and culturally diverse media policy, in which the functioning of the PSB and the film subvention system can be identified as central but also thorny issues.
3/ inventorise the return for Flanders of the communitarian support programmes regarding the development of a sustainable audiovisual content industry, including the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of this output.
4/ formulate policy recommendations, both as regards decision-making and the articulation of subsidiarity, as the implementation of support mechanisms.

Partners: Centre for EU-Studies (UGhent); Law, Economics and Political Sciences Departments (University of Antwerp); Netherlands Institute for International Relations Clingendael