Informations and abstract
Keywords: Public Service; Management of Cultural Heritage; Subjective Right to Cultural Heritage.
The essay focuses on the notion of public service related to the management of cultural heritage. Starting from the prospective of general administrative law, the concept of public service is very complex and difficult to summarize in a standard form. Even more so if we try to apply the notion to the management of cultural heritage, being cultural heritage itself so complex and elusive. Even so, there are some clues in the Italian legislation that can be useful in the analysis of cultural heritage management by public administration, such as the strike law. By coherently interpreting these elements, the essay then tries to understand if the position of the citizen who relates to cultural heritage can properly be a right (such is called by legislation) or if, in reality, is something less, such as a legitimate interest (interesse legittimo). The conclusion is not in itself irrelevant, because different solutions lead to different tools by which public administration manages the cultural heritage but also by which the citizen can access that same heritage.