A Research Agenda for Tourism and Development
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A Research Agenda for Tourism and Development

Edited by Richard Sharpley and David Harrison

Tourism is integral to local, regional and national development policies; as a major global economic sector, it has the potential to underpin economic growth and wider development. Yet, transformations in both the nature of tourism and the dynamic environment within which it occurs give rise to new questions with regards to its developmental role. This Research Agenda offers a state-of-the-art review of the research into the tourism-development nexus. Exploring issues including governance, policy, philanthropy, poverty reduction and tourism consumption, it identifies significant gaps in the literature, and proposes new and sometimes provocative avenues for future research.
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Chapter 2: A policy research agenda for tourism and development

Dianne Dredge


Policy considerations are deeply entangled in discussions about tourism and development. Existing policies in a range of sectors can present considerable challenges for the use of tourism as a development tool. Prevailing values and ideologies, and embedded structures and interests can also shape ideas about who is responsible and what policy options are available. However, researchers often only focus on policy outcomes or implications after their research is completed. The purpose of this chapter is to articulate a policy research agenda for tourism and development framed around three broad questions: (1) What is policy? (2) Why is a policy research agenda for tourism development necessary? (3) What should a policy research agenda for tourism and development include? The chapter frames a policy agenda for tourism and development around descriptive, normative, distributive, procedural, predictive, evaluative, relational and reflexive dimensions of policy.

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