Centralized and decentralized tourism governance in Turkey

YUKSEL, F., BRAMWELL, B. and YUKSEL, A. (2005). Centralized and decentralized tourism governance in Turkey. Annals of tourism research, 32 (4), 859-886.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2004.09.006


In many developing countries governance is highly centralized. The considerable potential benefits of decentralization for such countries are widely espoused, but less attention is paid to the potential difficulties and dangers. This paper develops a framework of issues to consider when evaluating the decentralization of tourism governance, including its potential benefits and shortcomings. There is examination of the transfer of authority and the distribution of power, legitimacy and accountability. The framework is used to assess tourism governance in the Turkish coastal resort of Belek, notably the involvement of central and local government, a privatized company, and a nongovernmental organization. The difficulties and threats linked to decentralization in Belek warn against an uncritical adoption of such policies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: decentralization, governance, coastal tourism, Turkey
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Service Sector Management
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2004.09.006
Page Range: 859-886
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 23:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/837

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