Values, Ideologies, Attitudes, and Preferences for Relative Allocations to Park and Recreation Services

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Benjamin Hickerson, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Local park and recreation agencies rely heavily on tax-based allocations as a funding source. However, such allocations have recently been cut both overall and relative to other services, incentivizing exploration of alternative funding strategies. Privatization practices represent a potentially efficacious but controversial alternative funding approach. This study examines the relationship between attitudes toward privatization, and preferences for allocating tax-based funding to park and recreation services. The mediating role of other cognitive processes (values, value orientations, and ideology) is considered using a cognitive hierarchy approach. Results indicate that a more positive perception of privatization was related to the allocation of less tax funding to park and recreation services. A more self-transcendent value orientation was positively related to preferred allocations, while a more self-enhancement value orientation and a more conservative social ideology were negatively related to preferred allocations.

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Leisure Sciences, 44(6), 677-696.
Language: English
Date: 2019
Public parks and recreation, privatization, financing, values

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