Culture Counts

The use of indicators in social science analysis began to spread in the ‘70s and this happened for the regulation of different sectors; important decisions are taken by observing the reality as it is summarized and qualitatively described by (global or local) indicators. But this is not the case for the policy-making process underpinning the enactment of regulations for the protection and valorization of cultural heritage. The use of a tailored indicators framework is advisable for several different reasons, and positive outcomes can be achieved not only by having ad hoc instruments available but also by the provision of legal and administrative conditions for their implementation. This presentation wants to evaluate if and how indicators tailored to assess cultural heritage policies and activities from a ‘regulatory device’ can become a ‘legal device’.