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Community participation in heritage tourism planning: is it too much to ask?

Dragouni, M., Fouseki, K. and Georgantzis, N., 2018. Community participation in heritage tourism planning: is it too much to ask? Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 26 (5), 759 - 781.

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Abstract

Considering the complications of collecting empirical data on community participation, this study proposes a new methodological approach that departs from the current literature. For the first time, an experimental procedure is adopted to conduct a direct comparison between participatory and non-participatory decision-making in the context of heritage tourism planning. Contrary to previous work, this is the first ex-ante assessment of community participation at a destination with no such prior experience. The analysis relies on behavioural data on choices, deliberation and conflict studied in the context of a controlled collaborative environment. The findings suggest that choices and deliberation between participatory and non-participatory groups exhibit no statistically significant differences although participatory groups were more susceptible to conflict. However, interestingly, conflict was constructive as it increased provisions for heritage goods. Furthermore, intra-group heterogeneity did not always affect collective decisions negatively whereas trust and institutional credibility played a major role in influencing both individual and collective preferences. These findings have important implications for research and policy, opening a novel avenue for the systematic study of participation dynamics to inform the instigation of participatory endeavours.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0966-9582
Uncontrolled Keywords:Heritage tourism; community participation; voluntary contributions to public goods; experimental economics
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:31845
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:21 Feb 2019 13:47
Last Modified:06 Feb 2020 14:27

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