Assessment of ‘institutional thickness’ within the context of tourism-led local economic development: the case of Beypazari

Aydın, Tuğba
It is a widely accepted fact that tourism has become a prominent part of local economic development regarding to global economic restructuring and over the last two decades many regions have achieved tourism-led local economic development. The concept of ‘Institutional Thickness’ which has been introduced within the context of institutional turn in economic geography and discussed intensively in local economic development context has important implications for tourism-led local economic development. The concept describes how institutional arrangements influence the capacity of localities to compete globally and emphasizes the importance of strong local institutional base and inter-institutional collaboration in local economic development. This thesis discusses tourism-led local economic development and the concept of institutional thickness and investigates how the concept relates to tourism-led local economic development. It aims to make an empirical assessment of institutional thickness. Using case study as a research method, the research focuses on Beypazarı district that achieved domestic tourism development involving day excursions from the major metropolitan areas and trying to improve its local economy through tourism. In this locally initiated project, the local government collaborated with many institutions. The thesis assesses institutional thickness of Beypazarı within its local economic development process. Keywords: Tourism, local economic development, institutional thickness


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Citation Formats
T. Aydın, “Assessment of ‘institutional thickness’ within the context of tourism-led local economic development: the case of Beypazari,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2007.