Research Article

Die Thüringer Kommunen und die Bürde der Kultur

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The cultural sector is a field offering a high degree of individual conception and is thus crucial to a municipality’s identity. Its scope, nonetheless, appears increasingly narrowed by budgetary strains. This article identifies causes of this situation, debates reform logjams and presents courses of action that also illuminate the role of the ‘Länder’ (federal states) and especially the situation in Thuringia. It argues for a system to better interlock all levels of cultural policy, and advocates a more concept-based work approach. Ultimately, it offers some theses on the new Thuringian Cultural Concept.