Expert and Public Opinion: Conflicting or Complementary Views?

Authors

  • Robert E. Manning
  • Michael Fraysier

Keywords:

Outdoor recreation, planning, public involvement.

Abstract

Groups of state experts on recreation and a representative sample of state residents were involved in statewide recreation planning. Both groups were administered the same survey instrument addressing a variety of recreation issues. Statistically significant differences between the two groups were foundon25 of the 57 items included in the questionnaire. In keeping with the more general social/political science literature, these differences tended to reflect alternative community orientations. Experts and other leaders tend to take a more coordinative, institutional view of community services, as opposed to the general public, who tend to have a greater exchange or production/consumption orientation. Both orientations are valid and necessary to achieve effective, responsible recreation planning.?

Published

1989-07-04

Issue

Section

Regular Papers