The legitimation of technology policy is discussed from the point of view of the neoclassical and of the dynamic, Schumpeterian, approach. The results are presented, using the traditional categories of policy legitimation in welfare theory: public goods, externalities, and merit goods. Art policy legitimation is discussed within the same conceptual framework. The application of the dynamic approach to art policy leads to conclusions similar to the general conclusions about technology policy. A review of the postwar development of (Dutch) art policy supports the impression that art policy may be on its way to become a subspecies of technology policy.

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Journal of Cultural Economics
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

Wijnberg, N. (1994). Art and technology: A comparative study of policy legitimation. Journal of Cultural Economics, 18(1), 3–13. doi:10.1007/BF01207149