The Routledge Research in Sport Politics and Policy series aims to give shape to, and showcase, the burgeoning academic field of ‘sport politics and policy’. Highlighting the political nature of sport, the series shows how sport can illuminate our understanding of wider political themes such as, for example, issues around governance; sport, foreign policy and ‘soft power’; gender politics, or the use of sport as a development tool. The series embraces all areas of sport politics and policy, including domestic, international and comparative studies, and includes work by world-leading and emerging scholars.
Sport, Statehood and Transition in Europe Comparative perspectives from post-Soviet and post-socialist societies
Sport and Development in Emerging Nations
Sport Policy in China
By Jim O'Brien, Russell Holden, Xavier Ginesta
April 29, 2022
Sport can be a vehicle for the expression of identity, and also a factor in the shaping of identity. This book explores the complex interrelationships between nations, regions and states in the landscape of contemporary international sport, with a particular focus on identity. Exploring important...
By Ekain Rojo-Labaien, Álvaro Rodríguez Díaz, Joel Rookwood
December 13, 2021
This book examines the political significance of sport and its importance for nation-state building and political and economic transition across thirteen post-Soviet and post-socialist countries, primarily located in Eastern Europe. Adopting a critical case-study approach, building on historical ...
By Spencer Harris, Mathew Dowling
August 11, 2021
This book examines claims that the Olympic Games are a vehicle to inspire and increase mass sport participation. It focuses on the mass sport participation legacy of the most recent hosts of the summer Olympics, including Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London, Rio, and Tokyo. It is organised by...
By Cem Tinaz, Brendon Knott
April 06, 2021
For the first time, this book examines the strategies of leaders of emerging nations to use sport as a tool for reaching social, economic, cultural, political, technological or environmental goals and gaining international prestige. It assesses whether sport can really be an effective tool in ...
By Jinming Zheng, Shushu Chen, Tien-Chin Tan, Barrie Houlihan
June 30, 2020
Acknowledging China’s established status as a global sporting superpower, this is the first book to systematically investigate sport policy in that country. With a focus on sport development in the most recent three decades, Sport Policy in China explores a wide range of topics in Chinese sport, ...