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Routledge Handbook of Sport Policy

Edited By

Ian Henry


Ling-Mei Ko

ISBN 9780415666619
Published August 29, 2013 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

It is difficult to fully understand the role that sport plays in contemporary global society without understanding how and why governments, NGOs and other organizations formulate and implement policy relating to sport. The Routledge Handbook of Sport Policy is the only book to offer a comprehensive overview of current perspectives, techniques and approaches to the analysis of sport policy around the world.

The book introduces a diverse range of approaches to policy analysis across the full range of political and societal contexts, including developed and developing economies; state-centric, mixed economy and market-led systems, and both liberal democracies and political systems characterized by a dominant elite. It is arranged into five sections addressing the key topics and themes in the analysis of contemporary sport policy, including:

  • theory and its implications for methodology
  • globalization, governance, partnerships and networks
  • elite sport policy
  • development, sport and joint policy agendas
  • sport policy and social theory.

With contributions from leading policy analysts around the world, including Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, this book is important reading for any student, researcher or professional working in sport management, sport development, sport and society, or mainstream public policy, policy analysis or social policy.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives and Methodologies  1: Analysing Sport Policy in a Globalising Context  2: Theorising the Analysis of Sport Policy  3: Discourse Analysis and its Application to Sport Policy Analysis  4: Meta-evaluation, Analytic Logic Models and the Assessment of Impacts of Sport Policies  5: The Role, Contributions and Limitations of Cost-Benefit Analysis in the Analysis of Sport Policy  Part 2: Globalisation, Governance, Partnerships and Networks in Sport Policy  6: The Global Governance of Sport: An overview  7: The Developing Role of the European Union  8: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Sport for Development and Peace (SDP)  9: Evaluating Olympic Solidarity 1982-2012  10: Multiculturalism and Federal Sport Policy in Canada  11: European Models of Sport: Governance, organisational change and sports policy in the EU  12: Globalisation, Sport Policy and China  13: Clientelism and Sport Policy in Taiwan  14: Sport and Media Policy  15: Leveraging Sport Events: Fundamentals and application to bids  Part 3: Elite Sports Policies  16: Methodologies for Identifying and Comparing Success Factors in Elite Sport Policies  17: Measuring and Forecasting Elite Sporting Success  18: Promoting Student-Athlete Interests in European Elite Sport Systems  19: Anti-Doping Policy: Historical and contemporary ambiguities in the fight for drug-free sport  Part 4: Development, Sport and Joint Policy Agendas  20: The Evaluation of Sport and Social Inclusion Policy Programmes  21: Sport Development and Community Development  22: Sport and Urban Regeneration  23: Methodologies for Evaluating the Use of Sport for Development in Post-Conflict Contexts  Part 5: Social Theory and Sports Policy  24: Feminist Analysis of Sport Policy  25: A Postcolonial Approach to Sport Policy: case study of the Maghreb region in North Africa  26: The Economics of Sport Policy  27: Sport Governance  28: Sports Policy and Social Capital 

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Ian Henry is Professor and Director of the Centre for Olympic Studies and Research at Loughborough University, UK. His research has incorporated a wide range of work in the field of sport policy analysis and in Olympic research commissioned by transnational bodies such as the IOC, UNESCO and the EU, as well as by a range of governmental and sporting bodies in the UK.
Ling-Mei Ko is Assistant Professor of the Department of Leisure, Recreation and Tourism Management in the College of Business at Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Her current research interests lie in issues relating to sport and leisure policies and sport management, particularly in the area of human capital.