The 2014 Award winner: Elodie Bordat-Chauvin

On the evening of 18 September 2014, Dr. Elodie Bordat from Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence in France was announced as the winner of the 2014 ENCATC Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Research Award for her outstanding PhD Thesis “The Dynamics of Changes in Public Policy. A Comparative Historical Analysis of Mexican and Argentine Cultural Policies.”

Elodie Bordat-Chauvin holds a PhD in political science from Sciences Po. Aix-en-Provence (France). 

Through a comparative historical analysis, her thesis shows the emergence, institutionalisation and evolution of the cultural sector’s public policy in Mexico and Argentina, from 1983 to 2009. The central hypothesis is that dynamics of change in cultural policy may be understood by drawing on four analytical dimensions: actors, cognitive representations, institutional frameworks and public policy instruments. 

Elodie Bordat has also worked on the French cultural diplomacy in Mexico and the role of associations in cultural policies, during her Masters in ethnology. In 2013, she published an article about the institutionalisation of Mexican cultural policy in the International Journal of Cultural Policy. 

In 2014, she published an article in the French journal Pôle Sud about how intellectuals’ mobilisations have contributed to the institutionalisation of cultural policies in Mexico and Argentina in a special issue in which she is editor. She has presented her work at several international conferences in America and Europe.