The role of governance has only recently begun to be researched and discussed in order to better understand tourism policy making and planning, and tourism development. Governance encompasses the many ways in which societies and industries are governed, given permission or assistance, or steered by government and numerous other actors, including the private sector, NGOs and communities.
This book explains and evaluates critical perspectives on the governance of tourism, examining these in the context of tourism and sustainable development. Governance processes fundamentally affect whether – and how – progress is made toward securing the economic, socio-cultural and environmental goals of sustainable development. The critical perspectives on tourism governance, examined here, challenge and re-conceptualise established ideas in tourism policy and planning, as well as engage with theoretical frameworks from other social science fields. The contributors assess theoretical frameworks that help explain the governance of tourism and sustainability. They also explore tourism governance at national, regional and local scales, and the relations between them. They assess issues of power and politics in policy making and planning, and they consider changing governance relationships over time and the associated potential for social learning. The collection brings insights from leading researchers, and examines important new theoretical frameworks for tourism research.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
1. Introduction: Critical research on the governance of tourism and sustainability Bill Bramwell and Bernard Lane 2. Exploring social representations of tourism planning: issues for governance Gianna Moscardo 3. A typology of governance and its implications for tourism policy analysis C. Michael Hall 4. Governance, the state and sustainable tourism: a political economy approach Bill Bramwell 5. Event tourism governance and the public sphere Dianne Dredge and Michelle Whitford 6. Tourism governance and sustainable national development in China: a macro-level synthesis Trevor Sofield and Sarah Li 7. Rethinking regional tourism governance: the principle of subsidiarity Anne Louise Zahra 8. Death by a thousand cuts: governance and environmental trade-offs in ecotourism development at Kangaroo Island, South Australia Freya Higgins-Desbiolles 9. Climate change pedagogy and performative action: toward community-based destination governance Tazim Jamal and E. Melanie Watt 10. Global regulations and local practices: the politics and governance of animal welfare in elephant tourism Rosaleen Duffy and Lorraine Moore 11. Adopting and implementing a transactive approach to sustainable tourism planning: translating theory into practice Meredith Wray 12. Rethinking resort growth: understanding evolving governance strategies in Whistler, British Columbia Alison M. Gill and Peter W. Williams 13. Policy learning and policy failure in sustainable tourism governance: from first- and second-order to third-order change? C. Michael Hall