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