Tourism policy agenda setting, interest groups and legislative capture

Jason R. Swanson, Gene L. Brothers

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How interest groups develop advocacy agendas (i.e., agenda setting) is a fundamental piece in the tourism policy puzzle. Through in-depth personal interviews with lobbyists for tourism-related interest groups in the United States, specifically trade associations, this research seeks to understand how tourism policy actors develop advocacy agendas. Activities trade associations engage in to formulate public policy agendas are: understanding what politicians want, reflecting on the comparative advantages of the organisation and collecting input from organisation members. Data collected highlights conflicts between the special interests of tourism advocacy groups and the public interest. Although public interest is an imprecise concept, tourism may not always be in the public interest, which leads to the attempt by the tourism lobby to capture political decision-makers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-221
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • Agenda setting
  • Capture theory
  • Interest groups
  • Legislative capture
  • Qualitative research
  • Tourism policy
  • Trade associations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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