INSTITUTIONAL CHOICE AND RECOGNITION VIS-A-VIS GOVERNANCE OUTCOMES IN THE ELMINA CASTLE: A POLITICAL ECONOMY ENQUIRY INTO TOURISM MANAGEMENT

J. W. Ansah

Abstract


This paper embarked upon a political economy enquiry into the governance outcomes of the management practices of the Elmina Castle in Ghana. Using the institutional choice and recognition analytical framework, I ask, does the involvement of the state in tourism management guarantee the satisfaction of economic needs? In- depth Interview (IDI) Schedules and focus group discussions (FGDs) were used to elicit information about the management practices from purposively selected stakeholders and indigenes in Elmina. The real meaning of institutional choice and recognition was found to have been derailed by political marginalization and exclusion culminating into half-baked governance outcomes, which find expression in unachieved community needs by state institutions and the persistence of economic inequities requiring reconfigurations in the tourism management regime.

keywords: Governance, Institutional Choice, Recognition, Political Economy, Tourism, Elmina Castle


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