Political Economy of Tourism Development in Rural China: Case of Luting Township, Zhejiang

Yi Wang, Thomas Wing Yan Man

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In current China’s rural development, sustainable discourses are used by decision-makers at all levels in order to create a viable ecological system and sustainable growth in rural areas, under the pressure of urbanization. Through a case study of a rural sustainable tourism planning project in China, this study examines the interweaving political and economic initiatives behind the tourism planning decision-making, in particular, through the discussion of political cadres’ discourses and social actions with the application of Jessop’s Strategic-Relational Approach (SRA). The result indicates the dual-relationship between structural constraints from the state and strategic responses from local level political cadres result in the decision-making in rural tourism development. The study of these political cadres at different levels also help to overview the rural tourism governance and power relationship in tourism planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-674
Number of pages18
JournalTourism Planning and Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2019


  • China
  • Political economy
  • rural tourism
  • strategic-relational approach
  • sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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