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The governance of tourism development in Athens: A strategic-relational approach

Pastras, Pantazis (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Academic literature has examined how the development of tourism destinations involves collaborative relationships between the various actors that participate in tourism policy and planning. In terms of an institutional analysis this thesis is about similar processes, yet it also explores the ways in which place- and time-specific material factors and perceptions characterize different patterns of tourism politics. Without making assumptions about the harmonious or conflicting nature of interactions among actors and the contexts surrounding them, the thesis advances the idea of a relational-evolutionary perspective on the processes of tourism policy and planning. Studying the governance of tourism development requires an assessment of the contextual coupling of different elements as both the corollary of earlier events and the precursor of future developments. In this thesis, a strategic-relational approach to tourism governance comprises the conceptual framework that provides explanatory depth into the contextual analysis of experiences and events. The case study approach is employed for the operationalization of the strategicrelational approach in the context of Athens as a tourist-historic and capital city of a highly centralised Southern-European state. The endeavour is based on the collection and analysis of data from documentary sources and semi-structured interviews. The interpretation of empirical evidence through the strategic-relational approach reveals the irony of a multifarious and multi-scalar governance context, which has not met the expectations of interest groups, especially in recent years, concerning tourism development in Athens. In other words, the thesis portrays the challenges and weaknesses that expand within and beyond the boundaries of state apparatus and hinder the enhancement of Athens as an urban tourism destination while recording the perceptions, experiences and practices of various actors.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Lutz, Jane and Goodson, Lisa
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, Birmingham Business School
Subjects:DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
GV Recreation Leisure
HD28 Management. Industrial Management
HF Commerce
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3266
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