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Tourism interest groups in the EU policy arena: characteristics, relationships and challenges.

  Despite the European Union’s (EU) influence on tourism, surprisingly little is known of tourism interest representation and the nature of their relationship with the EU
institutions. Empirical evidence drawn from a study on the EU tourism policy environment demonstrates that the difficulty interest groups experience at the national
level in influencing the policy agenda permeates at the supranational level, where it is augmented by the added complexities of this policy environment. Fragmentation,
overlap and conflict are key aspects of tourism interest representation, which condition the ability of groups to form coalitions or single voice platforms. Due to the large
number of actors, lobbying and agenda setting are more complex and challenging. In addition, the characteristics of an issue network, rather than a policy community for
tourism, are identified, but it is recommended that further investigation of the EU tourism policy environment that encompasses a wider range of interest groups and
other stakeholders should be conducted.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    31 December 2007

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.2167/cit326.0

  • ISSN:

    1368-3500

Citation

Anastasiadou, C. (2007). Tourism interest groups in the EU policy arena: characteristics, relationships and challenges. Current Issues in Tourism. 11, 24-39. doi:10.2167/cit326.0. ISSN 1368-3500

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Keywords

tourism; EU; interest group; policy community; single voice; ETIN;

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