Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Parks and Carrying Capacity: Commons without Tragedy

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Parks and Carrying Capacity: Commons without Tragedy

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Review: Parks and Carrying Capacity: Commons without Tragedy By Robert E. Manning Reviewed by Elery Hamilton-Smith Charles Sturt University, Australia Manning, Robert E. Parks and Carrying Capacity: Commons without Tragedy Washington: Island Press, 2007 313pp. pbk. ISBN 13 978-1-55963-105-1.

Robert Manning continues to deliver clarity and readability in his excellent review volumes dealing with aspects of outdoor recreation and site management. This volume is well focused upon issues and practices relating to improving or maintaining quality of visitor experience in major parks. It is timely given the current worldwide rise in mass tourism coupled with a declining respect for the environment by tourism managers (Tourtellot 2006).

This is certainly the most comprehensive review of theoretical frameworks and supportive research to date. It does justice to the various competing paradigms that have been developed and the extent to which they have been tested through both practical experience and evaluative research. Park managers in the United States and similar park systems will find it invaluable. Little more needs be said of its great quality for this audience.

However, it will be of very limited value in many other cultures where park managers and rangers must deal with complex power-sharing systems and cannot simply impose their values and standards upon other stakeholders. …

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