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In devoting this issue to cultural policy, MUSEUM International resumes a theme that has already been addressed on several occasions in the course of the journal's lengthy existence. 1 And with reason. The missions of museums are part of a political framework that ensures their social pertinence. The development of museums is the direct result of their ability to respond to the issues that are produced by societies in evolution. Returning to this theme at regular intervals in order to provide a perspective of the question is therefore both necessary and normal on behalf of an international, institutional journal.

At the same time, MUSEUM International hereby continues a policy of close collaboration with the International Council of Museums and the members of its executive committee, aiming to ensure a greater synergy between the professional and the political community at the international level. It is therefore also normal for MUSEUM International to have entrusted the editorship of this issue to Nancy Hushion, a member of ICOM's Executive Council with a twofold expertise in both the public and private sectors. Thanks to the knowledge and skill of its guest editor, the issue provides an accurate and powerful image of the changing international landscape of cultural policies.

Isabelle Vinson
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Document Type: Editorial

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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