Social Acceptability and Co-construction of Public Policy: Converging Processes to Long-term Sustainability

By Isabelle Marquis.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Co-construction of public policies involves a process of consultation that has the power to influence the decision of a government. It therefore ensures the implementation of these public policies and strengthens the capacity of government to act. To consolidate the power of influence of a process of consultation and thus enable fair decisions, the stakeholder theory proves to be a relevant theory. As part of the stakeholder theory, social acceptability is the result of a process by which stakeholders build together the minimum requirements so that a project, program or policy can be harmoniously incorporated into, at some point, its natural and human environment. The process of co-construction of a public policy with the affected population can lead to social acceptability of a project while putting in place the conditions promoting long-term sustainable development. We will explore in this paper how the Old Quebec, in a context of globalization and intense competition between tourist destinations, is facing the challenges posed by the development of events occurring on its territory.

Keywords: Social Acceptability, Stakeholder Theory, Co-construction, Public Policy, Process, Sustainability, Municipality, Citizen Participation, Events, Old Québec

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.95-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 248.610KB).

Isabelle Marquis

PhD Student, Department of Urban and Tourism Studies, School of Management, Université du Québec à Montréal, Blainville, Canada

Isabelle Marquis has been a doctorate student in urban studies at the University du Québec à Montréal (QC) since 2008 under the direction of Louis Jolin. Her doctoral thesis is entitled “The Process of Co-construction of a Public Policy, a Tool in the Process of Social Acceptability of Tourist Events? The Case of Old Québec.” She completed her Master degree at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in 2004 and wrote her thesis entitled “Perceived Socio-Cultural Impacts of Vancouver’s Pride Parade” under the supervision of Peter Williams (PhD), Simon Fraser University (BC). Along with her doctoral studies, she, as a research assistant always under the direction of Louis Jolin, participated through the Alliance recherche universités-communautés en économie sociale (QC), to the development of a model assessing social impacts of events as part of a project developed in collaboration with Festivals et Événements Québec.