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Sport Policy A Comparative Analysis of Stability and Change

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ISBN-10: 0750683643

ISBN-13: 9780750683647

Edition: 2007

Authors: Barrie Houlihan, Hilmar Rommetvedt, Per Mangset, Nils Asle Bergsgard, Svein Ingve Nodland

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Sport Policy: a comparative analysis of stability and change builds on the growing general interest in the comparative study of sport policy and the more specific interest in processes of policy change and issues associated with policy convergence. In stark contrast to many other areas of public policy such as education, personal welfare and health care there is a paucity of theoretically informed comparative studies in sport. Over recent years there has been a steady increase in public investment in sport and frequently, as a consequence, a sharper debate about how public resources should be used. However, there has been little analysis of the factors that shape the generation of domestic sport policy and little attempt to identify the variables that might influence the policy process. Sport Policy: a comparative analysis of stability and change provides a theoretically informed analysis of the sports systems in Canada, England, Germany and Norway. These economically advanced countries are carefully selected to enable the investigation of the significance of variables and because they share a number of socio-economic and sports-related characteristics, which provides the text with a unique breadth and depth of coverage. This text is a vital addition to the general paucity of literature in this area and is written by an internationally renowned author team. * Cutting-edge text which responds to the increasing importance of sport policy and its relation to public investment * Provides excellent depth and coverage through theoretically informed analysis of the sports systems in four carefully selected countries Canada, England, Germany and Norway * Authored by established and leading academics in the field of sport policy
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Book details

List price: $58.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Barrie Houlihan is Professor in the Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, Loughborough University.

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations
Sport and sport policy
The selected countries and their socio-economic profiles
Welfare state regimes and sport
Sport profiles
Political systems and policy change
Methods of comparison and research design
Structure of the book
Comparing sport policies in economically developed countries
Comparative sport policy studies
Policy processes and approaches to comparison
Analytical dimensions
Political and historical context
Deep structures and policy paradigms
Forces of change
The four countries in the study
The structure of sport and the role of the voluntary sector
The organisational setting for voluntary sport
Voluntary sport organisations and resources
Basis for voluntary sport co-ordination and interests
Summary discussion
Sport policy: structures and values
Government responsibilities for sport
Government and sport relations
Policy objectives and priorities
High performance sport
Values, priorities and ambivalences
Pathways to the podium
Sport for all
The development of sport for all policies
Policy implementation
Factors influencing variations in sport for all policy
Sport policies compared
Cultural differences and welfare regimes
State systems
Executive-legislative relations
Government-interest group relations
Generalisation of interest and coalition building
Divergence or convergence?