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Political (in)stability and its influence on tourism development.

Causevic, Senija; Lynch, Paul


Senija Causevic

Paul Lynch


This paper explores ways in which the context of economic and social renewal in the aftermath of
political conflict affects tourism development. The primary research took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina
(B&H) and involved minimally structured interviews, participant observation and researcher
reflexivity. The findings suggest that the cumbersome administration and governance introduced in
order to cease political conflict in B&H, needs to be redeveloped in order to become more supportive of
economic development and social renewal since it does not enable collaboration between divided
communities. Nevertheless, the tourism sector mainly appears to be ahead of other sectors in B&H when
it comes to collaboration between sides which were previously in conflict. Tourism is thus assessed as
fertile ground for a more collaborative approach. In B&H, tourism development must go beyond
economic regeneration and inscribe this collaborative element in its attempts to achieve both economic
regeneration, and reconciliation between its people.


Causevic, S., & Lynch, P. (2013). Political (in)stability and its influence on tourism development. Tourism Management, 34, 146-157.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2013-02
Deposit Date Dec 2, 2013
Print ISSN 0261-5177
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Pages 146-157
Keywords Post-conflict destinations; Social reconciliation;
Economic renewal; Positive peace; Negative peace; tourism development; Tourism development;
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