The author always starts from the actual problems of cultural reality and cultural policy. Her views and opinions are not derived from the general principles and norms of culture and cultural politics but from real-life contemporary cultural processes. Even when starting from some general principles (for example of the general and universal principles of the United Nations, UNESCO or other international, both scientific and political bodies and organizations) she examines these principles in the light of their actual feasibility, their reception in concrete social environments. The author in her approach primarily has in mind how these principles are perceived, translated, implemented or not implemented.
This work analyzes the Croatian culture and cultural policy in the light of the fact that Croatia has become a full member of the European Union and that in its future cultural policy and strategy should incorporate three basic strategic direction of the EU: the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, the development of creative industries in the broadest sense and strengthening the role of culture in Croatian external relations.”
Biserka Cvjeticanin Ph.D., is a Senior Scientific Researcher at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb, Croatia (former IMO – Institute for International Relations that changed its name in March 2013) and director of the Culturelink Network. Ms. Cvjeticanin was a former Deputy Minister of Culture (2000-2004). Ms. Cvjetičanin studied at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Sorbonne, Paris, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research interests include cultural development, cultural policies and intercultural communication. She is the author of numerous books, studies and articles on cultural development and intercultural communication and the editor of several proceedings.
Hrvatska sveucilisna naklada, Zagreb, Croatia / Croatian University Publishing, Zagreb, Croatia
http://www.eenc.info/expert/biserka-cvjeticanin/ (European Expert Network on Culture – EENC)