Tourism and Politics aims to disseminate ideas on the critical discourse of tourism and tourists as they relate to politics, through a series of case studies from around the world written by specialists with an emphasis on linking theory to practice. That tourism is a profoundly important economic sector for most countries and regions of the world is widely accepted, even if some of the detail remains controversial. However, as tourism matures as a subject, the theories underpinning it necessarily need to be more sophisticated; tourism cannot be simply ‘read’ as a business proposition with a series of impacts. Wider questions of politics, power and identity need to be articulated, investigated and answered. While the making and consuming of tourism takes place within complex political milieux with multiple stakeholders competing for benefit, the implications are not fully understood. Literature on tourism and politics is surprisingly limited. This book will make a substantial contribution to the theoretical framework of tourism.

Key Features

*Examines the intersection between tourism, tourists, and politics *Uses international case studies to link theory to practice *Adopts a critical perspective and contributes to the theoretical framework of tourism


Hospitality, travel and tourism researchers, social science scholars, business and economics researchers, advanced students

Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Tables Contributors Tourism and Politics: Introduction Democracy and Tourism: Exploring the Nature of an Inconsistent Relationship Tourism as Political Platform: Residents’ Perceptions of Tourism and Voting Behaviour Privatisation during Market Economy Transformation as a Motor of Development Group politics and tourism interest representation at the supranational level. Evidence from the European Union The Politics of Exclusion? Japanese Cultural Reactions and the Government’s Desire to Double Inbound Tourism Taming Tourism: Indigenous Rights as a Check to Unbridled Tourism Celebrating or Marketing the indigenous? International right organisations, national governments and tourism creation The Politics of Institution Building and European Co-operation: reflections on an EC-TEMPUS project on Tourism and Culture in Bosnia-Herzegovina Towards the Responsible Management of the Socio-Cultural Impact of Township Tourism Hegemony, globalization and tourism policies in developing countries The Politics of Tourism: Ethnic Chinese Spaces in Malaysia Preparing Now for Tomorrow: The Future for Tourism in Scotland up to 2015 Governing Tourism Monoculture: Mediterranean Mass Tourism Destinations and Governance Networks. 'The MTV Europe Music Awards Edinburgh03: Delivering Local Inclusion? The Lost Gardens and Airport Expansion: Focalisation in Heritage Landscapes The War is Over so Let the Games Begin


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About the editors

Peter M. Burns

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Brighton, UK

Marina Novelli

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Brighton, UK