Promoting tourism through the EU LEADER programme: understanding Local Action Group governance

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Title: Promoting tourism through the EU LEADER programme: understanding Local Action Group governance
Authors: Tirado-Ballesteros, Juan Gabriel | Hernández-Hernández, María
Research Group/s: Planificación y Gestión Sostenible del Turismo | Agua y Territorio | Paisajes y Recursos Naturales en España
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía
Keywords: Rural development | LEADER | Bottom-up approach | Tourism | Multi-level governance
Knowledge Area: Análisis Geográfico Regional
Issue Date: 20-Nov-2018
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: European Planning Studies. 2019, 27(2): 396-414. doi:10.1080/09654313.2018.1547368
Abstract: For many European rural areas, the rural development programmes based on the LEADER approach constitute the main policy for promoting tourism. Going a step further than a rural development programme, LEADER represents an ideal method for overcoming some of the challenges involved in rural tourism development, such as the integration of tourism supply through public-private organizations or the coordination of multi-level policies. Despite its potential, there are difficulties involved in putting this approach into practice. This article aims to provide in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by some managers responsible for developing tourism strategies through the LEADER approach. To do this, semi-structured in-depth interviews have been held with Local Action Groups managers from Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). The main findings reveal that the actions of regional governments lead to the limitation and strangulation of the principle of subsidiarity according with the LAG managerś opinion.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation of University of Alicante under Grant UAFPU2014-5887 and the Research Group ‘Landscapes and natural resources in Spain (University of Alicante).
ISSN: 0965-4313 (Print) | 1469-5944 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2018.1547368
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Peer Review: si
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