Sport Policy and Governance: Local Perspectives is the first detailed study of the politics of sport policy at the local authority level of governance. In focusing on the local level, the book recognises that the extent to which we benefit from public policy is a result of where we live. Taking the city of Liverpool as its core case study, the author investigates the changing contours of sport policy from the inception of the service area in the 1970s through the economic and political turbulence of the 1980s to the year of European Capital of Culture 2008. As the book gives centre stage to the period since 1997, the changing parameters of local sport policy are located within New Labour priorities around elite sport development and the instrumental uses of sport to deliver social policy goals.
Written in a clear and accessible style, this book:
Sport Policy and Governance: Local Perspectives is essential reading for anyone who is studying or teaching sport-related degree programmes, researching public policy, or who is a practitioner or policy-maker in the sport sector.
1. Introduction PART I: Sport policy at the national and local level 2. Sport policy in England 3. Sport Policy in Liverpool PART II: Case studies 4. Sports development 5. School sport 6. Sport and community regeneration 7. Sport and land-use policy 8. Sport and health policy PART III: Discussion and conclusions 9. Understanding sport policy at the local level