German politicians invest in opera when seeking re-election – here’s why


In virtually all rich democracies, governments subsidise expensive highbrow culture, such as theatre and opera.

And they hire artists to work for these theatres and operas as public employees.

  • Pieter Vanhuysse
  • The Conversation

At first sight, this might seem to pose a puzzle.

After all, highbrow culture is elitist.

And it seems electorally irrelevant.

Parties don’t really compete on culture in elections.

Trau 9iIt’s unlikely that hiring artists to turn them into grateful voters (patronage) makes electoral sense.

Even if it did, the number of actors, singers, dancers and musicians working in these roles is simply too small to make any meaningful electoral impact.

In fact, even the…

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