Policy Brief - THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE IN EUROPE: A NEW SPACE FOR DEMOCRACY?
In the last decades, the decline of the European welfare state, the crisis of the founding values of the European Union and the exponential advance of the global market macro-economy have led the European Countries to the challenge of re-inventing their public policy, moving beyond the traditional approach of the post-war period. Since the reorganization of the "new world order" to the present day, the Member States signed many international treaties and conventions underlying the importance of
... g the importance of social participation in public choices, conceived as "the new spirit of democracy" (Blondiaux 2008) and representing "the future of the relationships between society and institutions" (Allegretti 2006). In this policy brief we introduced conceptually the new paradigm of Cultural Heritage as a premise of multifunctional public policies aimed at environmental sustainability and restructuring of the pilot plan for cities in smart cities; for the socioeconomic development of peripheral and border areas; for the holistic education of the citizens of the future and above all as a re-establishment of spaces for inclusion and democratic participation. In this sense, Cultural Heritage does not have an end in itself as a statistical entity and subject to preservation, but adds economic and cultural values at the same time that it is dynamically and interactively safeguarded with the community of which it is a part.