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1st Edition

Social Capital and Sport Governance in Europe

ISBN 9780415876094
Published July 26, 2010 by Routledge
222 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Although there is significant interest in the social role of sport in fostering civil society from both policymakers and academics, there is a lack of evidence of the specific role of sport federations in this system. This book critically presents the mechanisms and structures in a selection of sport federations within a variety of European countries that illuminate the varied relationships between not-for-profit sport federations, their members, governments and the citizens they represent. The contributors explore the contrasts and synergies between core social capital theoretical perspectives, and how these may be informed by and/or shape the realities of governance from different perspectives within the sport system.

Table of Contents

1. Social Capital, Governance and Sport  Barrie Houlihan and Margaret Groeneveld  2. The EU and Sport Governance: Between Economic and Social Values  Borja García  3. Czech Sport Governance Cultures and a Plurality of Social Capitals: Politicking Zone, Movement and Community  Dino Numerato  4. Danish Sport Governance: Tradition in Transition  H. Thomas R. Persson  5. Sport and Social Capital in England  Andrew Adams  6. Social Capital and Sport Governance in France  Cristina Fusetti  7. Sport, Divided Societies and Social Capital in Ireland  David Hassan and Allan Edwards  8. The Social Capital of Sport: The Case of Italy  Simone Baglioni  9. Governance and Social Capital: Democratic Effects and Policy Outcomes in a Nordic Sport Model  Ørnulf Seippel  10. Conclusion: Understanding Social Capital as Both Metaphor and Traditional Form of Social Exchange  Margaret Groeneveld and Fabien Ohl

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Margaret Groeneveld is Lecturer in Social Sciences of Sport at University of Ulster.

Barrie Houlihan is Professor at the Institute of Sport & Leisure Policy at Loughborough University.

Fabien Ohl is Professor at the University of Lausanne.