Heritage protection and tourism development priorities in Hangzhou, China: A political economy and governance perspective

Yi Wang, Bill Bramwell

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Abstract

Government interventions can be important for determining priorities between heritage protection and tourism-related development at heritage sites. This paper uses a political economy approach to examine the government's role in determining these priorities in China, for two heritage schemes at West Lake in the city of Hangzhou. The study considers policy making for heritage protection and tourism development in the context of broad economic and political circumstances, the power and influence of different actors in the schemes' governance, strategic selectivity in the policy choices, and whether views about the policies exhibited a uniform hegemony among powerful and less influential groups. Consideration is given to how the relative priority for heritage protection and tourism development in policies reflected the state's regulation of the economy and maintenance of its political legitimacy. A powerful policy community was found that was beginning to consider other actors' views, but tourism development remained a prominent driver.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)988-998
Number of pages11
JournalTourism Management
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • China
  • Governance
  • Heritage protection
  • Policy community
  • Political economy
  • Tourism development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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