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Complexity theory and tourism policy research
by Nancy Stevenson, David Airey, Graham Miller
International Journal of Tourism Policy (IJTP), Vol. 2, No. 3, 2009
Abstract: This paper investigates applications of complexity theory in the social sphere and considers its potential contribution to enhance understanding of tourism policy making. Five concepts are identified to explore complex social circumstances and human interactions that influence policy. Social applications of complexity suggest a move towards localised and deeper studies to explore the dynamics of policy enactment in context. It suggests complexity theory might be used as a thinking tool to enable a more holistic approach to policy analysis and investigate policy in its context, considering interactions between different policies/programmes, and the implications of human agency.
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