2nd Edition

Comparative Elite Sport Development Systems, Structures and Public Policy

    376 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    376 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in a fully revised, extended and updated new edition, this is the only book to offer a comparative overview of the development of elite sport systems around the world. 

    The book examines sport policies and programmes in 20 developed and developing countries that have achieved international sporting success, including the US, the UK, China, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Australia and South Korea, helping the reader to understand the factors behind that success. For each country it sets out the historical and political context in which elite sport has developed, before explaining the country-specific structures of elite sport and the investment that each country has made in elite sport development. The book also considers how countries have used the hosting of mega-events as sport policy tools, and how factors such as geo-politics, states’ governance and political ideology, and levels of economic development, all have influence on national sport policy. 

    Introducing the foundational concepts and principles of elite sport policy and development, and showing how those policies shape global sport, this book is fascinating reading for all students, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working in sport development, sport policy, sport management, event management, public policy, or political science.

    1. Introduction by Jonathan Grix, Barrie Houlihan and Paul Michael Brannagan

    2. Brazil by Leandro Mazzei and Claudio Rocha

    3. Cuba by Robert Huish

    4. Qatar by Danyel Reiche

    5. Turkey by Cem Tinaz

    6. China by Fan Hong

    7. India by Harish Kumar

    8. Japan by Mayumi Ya-Ya Yamamoto

    9. South Korea by Eunah Hong

    10. France by Emmanuel Bayle, Christophe Durand and Nicolas Scelles

    11. Germany by Verena Burk, Peter Ehnold, Karen Petry, Dirk Steinbach

    12. The Netherlands by Ivo van Hilvoorde

    13. Norway by Pal Augestad and Nils Asle Bergsgard

    14. The United Kingdom by Jonathan Grix, Paul Michael Brannagan and Barrie Houlihan

    15. Russia by Vitaly Kazakov

    16. Australia by Geoff Dickson and Bob Stewart

    17. New Zealand/Aotearoa by Mike Sam

    18. Kenya by Jepkorir-Rose Chepyator-Thomson, Caren Jebet Cherono and Michael Boit

    19. South Africa by Tom Bason and Kamilla Swart

    20. Canada by David Black and Maya Hibbeln

    21. The United States by Emily Sparvero, Laurence Chalip, and B. Christine Green

    22. Conclusion by Jonathan Grix, Barrie Houlihan and Paul Michael Brannagan


    Jonathan Grix is Professor of Sport Politics and Policy and Head of the Sport Policy Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has published widely on sport politics, sports policy and the politics of sports mega-events. Jonathan is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sport Politics and Policy

    Paul Michael Brannagan is Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. His research focuses on the use of mega-events by national governments for achieving political, economic, social and cultural objectives. Paul has published in some of the leading politics and leisure journals, including Leisure Studies, Global Society and International Affairs

    Barrie Houlihan is Emeritus Professor of Sport Policy at Loughborough University, UK, and has contributed greatly to the development of the study of sport policy globally. He has published widely on sport policy, sport politics anti-doping and governance.