Micro politics and micro firms: A case study of tourism policy formation and change
- R. Thomas and H. Thomas (2006). Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 100-114
- Abstract: Purpose - This paper aims to examine the extent to which micro businesses in tourism might influence the process of tourism policy formation and change in urban settings. Design/methodology/approach - A conceptual framework that considers the motivations to participate in the policy-making process and the resources needed to influence policy change informs a case study of micro businesses in Saltaire, UK. Findings - The paper argues that, although the propensity of local micro firms to influence the local political agenda will be affected by structural considerations that manifest themselves differently from place to place, it is possible to identify key conditions that will need to be present if such enterprises are to challenge the power of other local interests. Originality/value - The paper begins to redress the imbalance in the literature that has neglected micro business participation in policy formation and change. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
- Theme: Policy/support programmes
- Keywords: Politics, Small enterprises, Tourism, United Kingdom
- Reference type: Journal Article
- Geographic location: United Kingdom, Europe, Global North