UNDERSTANDING PARTICIPATION AND PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE THROUGH THE REPOSITORY OF MILENA DRAGIĆEVIĆ – ŠEŠIĆ’S WORK
Text topic: ROADS TO MANAGEMENT IN CULTURE – THROUGH EDUCATION TO PROFESSION
Text author: Ана Жувела и Деа Видовић
Participatory agenda in arts and culture represents a cutting-edge issue in the discourse of cultural policy. It has been seen as one which could fulfil the widening gap between the promise and failure of cultural democracy and influence democratic deficiencies that culture is facing. This paper focuses on clarification of the term participation and participatory governance in culture from its theoretical origin to its articulations and interpretations in the field of culture specifically. Methodologically, the paper builds on the analysis of literature and policy framework. In the literature analysis of the diverse conceptualisations of the participation in the field of culture, most specifically, participation in the sense of power devolution, the paper explores the repository of work by Milena Dragićević-Šešić and her contributions to the theoretical framework of the participation discussion. These contributions unravel the legacies and understandings of participation and participatory governance in culture and cultural policy from the perspective of (post)transitional context and countries in development.