Austerity is perhaps the major challenge of our times, given the speed at which it arrived and the consequences of its impact upon society. The global financial crash and economic downturn was the catalyst for change and, against a backdrop of advice from experts adverse to Keynesian economics, the ideology of austerity grew and became the dominant thinking to steer economies out of recession.
This comprehensive volume draws upon both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to provide a varied and contextually rich insight into sport, policy, and politics in an era of austerity. The authors cover a wide range of issues in a variety of organisational contexts and geographies, including sports participation across different socio-demographic groups; the impact of austerity on the provision of community sports; disability sport; public management of sport facilities; the performance of public sport facilities with respect to access, finance, utilisation, and customer satisfaction; the potential impact of austerity on sport for development; elite sport; and social inclusion and poverty.
This book makes a significant contribution to the current academic debate, while raising important considerations for policymakers and managers. It was originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.
Table of Contents
1. Sport policy and politics in an era of austerity Daniel Parnell, Peter Millward, Paul Widdop, Neil King and Anthony May 2. Austerity, policy and sport participation in England Paul Widdop, Neil King, Daniel Parnell, David Cutts and Peter Millward 3. Emerging third-sector sports organisations and navigating uncertainty in an ‘era of austerity’: a single ethnographic case study from Liverpool James Andrew Kenyon, Carolynne Mason and Joel Rookwood 4. An analysis of third sector sport organisations in an era of ‘super-austerity’ Catherine M Walker and John W. Hayton 5. The organisational performance of national disability sport organisations during a time of austerity: a resource dependence theory perspective Christopher Brown and Athanasios (Sakis) Pappous 6. Public management of sports facilities in times of austerity Evald Bundgaard Iversen 7. The performance of local authority sports facilities in England during a period of recession and austerity Girish Ramchandani, Simon Shibli and Shia Ping Kung 8. Managing budget cuts in Edinburgh’s sport and recreation services: progressive localism in a resilient local authority? Gavin Reid 9. From welfare state to participation society? Austerity measures and local sport policy in the Netherlands Remco Hoekman, Jan-Willem van der Roest and Hugo van der Poel 10. ‘Adopt an athlete for Rio 2016’: the impact of austerity on the Greek elite sport system Dimitra Papadimitriou and Konstantinos Alexandris 11. ‘It’s just a Trojan horse for gentrification’: austerity and stadium-led regeneration Mark Panton and Geoff Walters 12. Is sport for development already an anachronism in the age of austerity or can it be a space of hope? Tony Rossi and Ruth Jeanes 13. The impact of austerity on poverty and sport participation: mind the knowledge gap Reinhard Haudenhuyse
Dan Parnell is a Senior Lecturer in Business Management and Applied Researcher in Sport Business within the Sport Policy Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Peter Millward is a Reader in Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. His research interests explore sport, social movements, and relational sociology, and the intersections between them.
Paul Widdop is a Senior Research Fellow in Sport Business in the School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University, UK.
Neil King is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Development and Management in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK. Neil’s research interests include local authority sport and leisure services and non-profit sector sport governance.
Anthony May is Lecturer in Sport Management at Coventry University Business School, UK.