The interplay of governance, power and citizen participation in community tourism planning

Evan Jordan, Christine Vogt, L. E. Kruger, N. Grewe

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Abstract

This research examines a unique case of tourism planning and explores the relationships between governance, power, and citizen participation in community decision-making. In less than two years, the community of Sitka, Alaska, undertook two separate tourism-planning processes in response to proposed tourism development. The first plan followed a participant-led governance structure; the second plan a council-led governance structure. The participant-led governance structure produced a plan through a collaborative process that empowered citizen participants and sought to limit growth, while the council-led structure utilized an external consultant and produced a more pro-growth plan that downplayed citizen concern for maintaining quality of life. The council-led plan was adopted as the guiding document for the community. Ultimately, the power over plan adoption and implementation lay in the hands of the local government, creating a stressful community environment for many involved in both planning processes. Evidence of the advantages and disadvantages of citizen participation in each planning process is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-288
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • case study
  • collaboration
  • social and community change
  • sustainability
  • tourism industry stakeholders

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  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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The interplay of governance, power and citizen participation in community tourism planning. / Jordan, Evan; Vogt, Christine; Kruger, L. E.; Grewe, N.

In: Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, Vol. 5, No. 3, 11.2013, p. 270-288.

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