Governance, the state and sustainable tourism: a political economy approach

BRAMWELL, Bill (2011). Governance, the state and sustainable tourism: a political economy approach. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 19 (4-5), 459-477.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2011.576765
Link to published version:: 10.1080/09669582.2011.576765

Abstract

Collective actions are often needed to promote the objectives of sustainable tourism in destinations. Governance is the basis of these collective actions. This paper contends that research on the governance of tourism and sustainability would benefit from greater use of social theory. It shows how one social theory, a strategic-relational political economy approach, can offer insights into state interventions affecting tourism and sustainability in destinations. The paper uses a literature review and case studies incorporating ideas from this approach to understand the state's influences on tourism and sustainability. Case studies are taken from Germany, China, Malta, Turkey and the UK. A range of distinctive perspectives and themes associated with this approach are assessed. They include the approach's holistic, relational and dialectical perspective, its focus on the state's roles in regulating the economic and political systems, its concern with the interactions between agency and structure, and the adaptation of state activities at different spatial scales and at different times, together with the concepts of path dependence and path creation. These perspectives and themes are directions for future research on governance, the state and sustainable tourism.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Food
Identification Number: 10.1080/09669582.2011.576765
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 11:41
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2014 15:42
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6388

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