European Union Tourism Policy: An Institutional Theory Critical Discourse Analysis
Estol, J., Camilleri, M.A. & Font, X. (2018). European Union Tourism Policy: An Institutional Theory Critical Discourse Analysis. Tourism Review.
17 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2018
Date Written: June 20, 2018
Purpose: This research uses the institutional theory perspective to better understand the social dynamics of the European Union (EU) tourism policy and its directions.
Design/methodology/approach: A thorough literature review involving a critical discourse analysis on the regulative, normative and cultural elements of institutionalisation improves our understanding of the EU policy, in terms of its processes, content and outcomes. Therefore, this paper explores how the European institutions have incrementally legitimised tourism policy among Member States.
Findings: Over the years, the EU’s policies were intended to enhance the European single market whilst supporting the growth of the industrial competitiveness, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship. This has inevitably led to the development of new policies in the realms of tourism.
Originality value: This contribution has identified a gap in academic research as it reports about the evolution of EU tourism policy and on the conditions of how it has been planned, organised and implemented. It also exposes the challenges of institutionalising tourism policy in intergovernmental institutions.
Keywords: tourism policy, competitiveness, sustainability, legitimisation, institutional theory, sustainable tourism
JEL Classification: Z3, Z30, Z32, Z38, M1, M3, M14
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