Network governance model in tourism administration: a case of Turkey /

Ateş Özalp, Sema
The research question of this thesis is “How concepts derived from policy networks and network governance theories can be used to analyse the roles, activities and interactions of government, corporate and pressure group stakeholders engaged in tourism policy, planning and management?” And “is it possible to use network governance model in tourism policy making process of Turkey?”. In this thesis, it is asserted that, in making of tourism policy, network governance model - in which policy formulation is realized by complex web of interactions between a diversity of public and private sector actors and agencies, rather than traditional political structures, such as political parties and government agencies etc.- can be benefitted to cope with this multidimensional nature of tourism sector. In that sense, it will be claimed in this thesis that, network governance model can be useful and applicable approach to tourism policy domain for determining the actors in different sectors, understanding the complex nature of relationships between them and to enable the sustainability of tourism in the country. Moreover, this thesis aimed at to show that network governance model might be an alternative for Turkish tourism sector. In this regard, this thesis aimed at to provide solutions for administrative reformation in tourism since it is believed that, well-established, well-structured and well-functioning tourism policy-making mechanism, which includes the cooperation between government agencies, tourism investors, NGOs and public will bring direct and indirect benefits to the general economic and social development of Turkey.