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Gender Diversity in European Sport Governance

1st Edition

Edited by Agnes Elling, Jorid Hovden, Annelies Knoppers


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Gender equality is one of the founding democratic principles of the EU. However, recent studies of the Federation of Olympic Sports in Europe have shown that women occupy only fourteen percent of decision-making positions in sport organizations.

This book presents a comprehensive and comparative study of how various regions and countries of Europe have addressed this lack of gender diversity, discussing which strategies have brought about change and to what extent these changes have been successful. With contributions from leading sport sociologists, covering countries such as Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the UK, it provides a foundation for future policymaking, methodological analyses and theoretical developments that can result in sustainable gender equality in European sport governance. 

Gender Diversity in European Sport Governance is important reading for scholars and students in the fields of sociology of sport, sport management, sociology, gender studies and studies of organization, management and leadership. It is also a valuable resource for policy makers in the EU, as well as national sport organizations and activists.

Table of Contents

Part I Mapping the field

1 Introduction

Annelies Knoppers, Jorid Hovden and Agnes Elling

2Europe in world perspective: the Sydney Scoreboard Global Index for women in sport leadership

Johanna A. Adriaanse

Part II Country Studies

Southern Europe

3 Turkey: Men’s resistance to gender equality in sport governance

Mustafa Şahin Karaçam and Canan Koca

4 Spain: Social, political and organisational explanations

Celia Valiente

5 Catalonia: The voices of female chairs of sports clubs

Susanna Soler, Marta Moragas and Anna Vilanova

Eastern Europe

6 Poland: Under-representation and misrecognition of women in sport leadership

Honorata Jakubowska

7 Hungary: Unquestioned male dominance in sport governance

Andrea Gál and Gyöngyi Szabó Földesi

North-western Europe

8 Germany: A long way to go

Ilse Hartmann-Tews

9 The Netherlands: Transformations but still a great deal to be done

Inge Claringbould and Marlon van Liere

10 England: A ‘sporting future’ for all?

Lucy V. Piggott, Elizabeth C.J. Pike and Jordan J.K. Matthews

11 Scotland: Over the starting line or still in the blocks?

Jane Dennehy and Irene A. Reid


12 Norway: Gender, Governance and the Impact of Quota Regulations

Kari Fasting and Mari Kristin Sisjord

13 Sweden: A gender perspective on sport governance

Susanna Hedenborg and Johan R. Norberg

Part III: Sport Specific Case Studies

14 Cricket: The Women’s Cricket Association and the England and Wales Cricket Board

Philippa Velija

15 Snowboarding: Women’s agency from outsiders to insiders in the organisation

Mari Kristin Sisjord

Part IV: Meta-analyses and Conclusions

16 Meta-analyses: Data and methodologies

Agnes Elling, Annelies Knoppers and Jorid Hovden

17 Meta-analyses: Policies and strategies

Jorid Hovden, Agnes Elling and Annelies Knoppers

18 Meta-analyses: Theoretical issues

Annelies Knoppers, Jorid Hovden and Agnes Elling

19 Conclusions: Progress, stability and future possibilities

Jorid Hovden, Annelies Knoppers and Agnes Elling

About the Editors

Agnes Elling is Senior Researcher at the Mulier Institute in the Netherlands, researching sport in society. She has a specific focus on mixed methods research and intersectional analyses. She was a member of the extended board of the International Sociology of Sport Association and is currently part of the editorial board of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport. She has received several grants for research on gender equity and social diversity in sport and sport leadership.

Jorid Hovden is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, and Guest Professor at the Arctic University of Norway. Her special focus is on recruiting processes, leadership ideals and gendered political strategies in sport politics and coaching. She was a member of the extended board of the International Sociology of Sport Association and is currently part of the editorial board of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport as well as the European Journal for Sport and Society. She has chaired research committees and dissertation committees at national and international levels. She is the past president of the Association for Gender Research in Norway.

Annelies Knoppers is Professor (emeritus) at the Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Her special focus has been on the often invisible processes that may hamper shifts to gender equity in sport organizations and boards of directors. She was senior editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal and is now a member of the editorial boards of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport and Sport Management Review. She has been awarded grants directed towards changing current gendered practices in sport by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the IOC and has chaired research and dissertation committees at national and international levels.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports