Developing a framework for the analysis of power through depotentia

Hall, Bronia (2013) Developing a framework for the analysis of power through depotentia. Current Issues in Tourism, 16 (3). pp. 302-312. ISSN 1368-3500

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Stakeholder participation in tourism policy-making is usually perceived as providing a means of empowerment. However participatory processes drawing upon stakeholders from traditionally empowered backgrounds may provide the means of removing empowerment from stakeholders. Such an outcome would be in contradiction to the claims that participatory processes improve both inclusivity and sustainability. In order to form an understanding of the sources through which empowerment may be removed, an analytical perspective has been developed deriving from Lukes�s views of power dating from 1974. This perspective considers the concept of depotentia as the removal of �power to� without speculating upon the underlying intent and also provides for the multidimensionality of power to be examined within a single study. The application of this analytical perspective has been tested upon findings of the government-commissioned report of the Countryside and Community Research Unit in 2005. The survey and report investigated the progress of Local Access Forums in England created in response to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Consideration of the data from this perspective permits the classification of individual sources of depotentia which can each be addressed and potentially enable stakeholder groups to reverse loss of empowerment where it has occurred.

Additional Information:iFirst version of record first published: 31 May 2012
Keywords:Stakeholders, Participation, Power, Depotentia, Local Access Forums
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N830 UK Tourism
L Social studies > L231 Public Administration
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:5132
Deposited On:01 May 2012 14:33

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