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
Annelies Knoppers, Jorid Hovden and Agnes Elling
2 Europe in world perspective: the Sydney Scoreboard Global Index for women in sport leadership
Johanna A. Adriaanse
Part II Country Studies
3 Turkey: Men’s resistance to gender equality in sport governance
Mustafa Şahin Karaçam and Canan Koca
4 Spain: Social, political and organisational explanations
5 Catalonia: The voices of female chairs of sports clubs
Susanna Soler, Marta Moragas and Anna Vilanova
6 Poland: Under-representation and misrecognition of women in sport leadership
7 Hungary: Unquestioned male dominance in sport governance
Andrea Gál and Gyöngyi Szabó Földesi
8 Germany: A long way to go
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
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
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.