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

Nick A. Pitas, Andrew Justin Mowen, Brendan Derrick Taff, Benjamin Hickerson, Alan R. Graefe

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalLeisure Sciences
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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