Cultural Policy Update (CPU) is an international e-journal of the Boekman Foundation in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Starting point for the journal is the idea that worldwide cultural policies are changing. As a result of globalization, a lack of social cohesion, cultural and ethnic conflicts, the lack of sustainability and other relevant trends, a whole series of crises have emerged – existing alongside each other, but also influencing one another.
The challenges are enormous, especially for cultural policymakers who need to think about new, integrative and inclusive policies and ways of achieving them. A debate about essentials is difficult though, since the economic crisis overshadows everything. This situation does stress the need for new points of view and arguments. Human rights and democracy are important elements, as is the establishment of a certain cultural awareness leading to the realization of networks and advocacy platforms. CPU aims to contribute to this worldwide debate.