Models to Match and International Insights for the Arts Sector
Presented at ‘Towards an Auckland Arts Advisory Group’ Workshop #2, held at The Edge, Auckland on 21st March 2011.
Rethinking Community: The Case for New Institutional Structures
As part of the ‘Politics of the Intangible’ Panel at the New Zealand Political Studies Conference, University of Waikato, 2nd-3rd Dec, 2010.
While recent societal and political trends have assumed and privileged the self-interested individual, our capacity to attain collective goods depends in large part on our ability to co-operate with each other. This paper looks at what systems best facilitate such co-operation by comparing work put forward by institutional theorists with that of network theorists and developers of advocacy coalition frameworks. It argues that we need to revise our understanding of social groups in light of developments in communication technology that allow us to interact in new and unprecedented ways. By updating what may now be old-fashioned views of communities, and modifying the institutional structures which shape them, we can arrive at new group structures which more effectively allocate resources and organise relationships between group members.
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