evaluation--one that seeks to clarify the language used to express value positions and policy goals and the other that calculates the potential effects of programs implied in the definitions of key terms. Policies' means, in turn, can be analyzed in terms of whether they are likely to effect achievement of policy goals in a fair, cost-effective manner, with minimal negative side effects.
This integrated methodology is, I believe, an appropriate and potentially powerful means of analyzing policy issues surrounding multiculturalism and public support of the arts. Policy debates in arts policy too often do not explicitly acknowledge, let alone explicate, the value positions behind policy proposals. This tendency, as will be seen, is most evident in the policy documents of those public agencies whose policies can and do have significant effects on the practice of the arts. Thus, considerable attention will be given to explicating, in the manner of interpretive policy analysis, the value positions of public arts agencies as expressed in their usage of terms such as art, culture, justice, and artistic value in premises and arguments in support of policy goals. But beyond merely understanding the point of view of these policy actors, the attempt will be made to rationally assess their use of these value-laden terms as well as the theoretical assumptions that inform premises in their arguments for policy goals. This rational assessment will be achieved through the double evaluation of key concepts both on formal, logical grounds and in terms of potential practical consequences of the programs implied in value-laden definitions of these terms.