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Title [sv]
I idrottens namn: distriktidrottsförbunds idrottspolitiska arbete i en förändrad idrottspolitisk kontext
Title [en]
Making the case for organized sport: the construction of legitimizing accounts in public sport policy advocacy processes
Abstract [en]
The overall purpose of the proposed project is to contribute to the growing literature on sport policy by empirically exploring and theorizing a previously unrecognized aspect of contemporary public sport policy processes: sport organizations? roles as public sport policy advocates. This focus on the input side of the policy process is qualified by the argument that governments? increasing use of voluntary sport organizations to delivery public policy objectives make state actors reliant on the expertise and legitimacy harbored by these organizations. Because of this, the transformation of public sport policy contexts, widely noted in the sport policy literature, produces arenas in which voluntary sport organizations may perform political advocacy and in which such political advocacy is actually sought by public officials. Theoretically based in the concept of framing, the project will analyze data from interviews with representatives of District Sport Federations?the regional extensions of the Swedish Sports Confederations. This empirical focus is chosen due to these organizations? emergent roles as public sport policy advocates. The Centre for Sport Policy and Politics, located in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago affiliates world leading scholars within the field of sport policy studies. A prolonged period of stay at the host institution would therefore avail me with the opportunity to further enhance my research skills.
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Stenling, C. & Sam, M. (2019). Professionalization and its consequences: how active advocacy may undermine democracy. European Sport Management Quarterly
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Professionalization and its consequences: how active advocacy may undermine democracy
2019 (English)In: European Sport Management Quarterly, ISSN 1618-4742, E-ISSN 1746-031XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Research question: The paper aims to build knowledge on the trade-offs and unintended consequences of professionalization in the context of sport policy advocacy. Two questions are addressed: (1) What institutional roles make up the sport policy 'advocacy team' and what trade-offs are inherent in the formation of this team? (2) How do the unintended consequences of this trade-off precipitate a cross-level diffusion of professionalization? 

Research methods: Data from interviews with 46 staff and elected representatives of 19 Swedish Regional Sport Federations form the empirical base. 

Results and findings: The formation of the advocacy team points to an efficiency/democracy trade-off. An uninteded consequence of this is a cross-level difussion of professionalization that undermines the general standing of elected boards. 

Implications: Management should consider the trade-offs inherent in professionalization reforms, because in some cases they may contain the seed of their own reconstruction and reflect ill-considered management practice. 

Keywords
sport policy, modernization, governance, sport politics, organizational change
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-161782 (URN)10.1080/16184742.2019.1637915 (DOI)000478534700001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-00557
Available from: 2019-08-05 Created: 2019-08-05 Last updated: 2019-09-10
Stenling, C. (2019). Sport Policy Advocacy as Interest Representation: Serving whose interests?. In: Sports and the Enviornment - Policies, Values and Sustainability: . Paper presented at 16th European Association for the Sociology of Sport Conference, Bö, Norway. June 3-6, 2019..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sport Policy Advocacy as Interest Representation: Serving whose interests?
2019 (English)In: Sports and the Enviornment - Policies, Values and Sustainability, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Conducting advocacy is an increasingly important task for sport federations (e.g., National Sport Federations & Regional Sport Federations) (Stenling & Sam, 2019). Understood as attempts to influence political decisions and public policy on behalf of a collective interest, advocacy raises questions around the meaning and sport-internal democratic implications of interest representation carried out by organisations that claim to speak for their federated members (e.g., clubs). The aim of this study is to explore these questions in the context of advocacy carried out by Swedish Regional Sport Federations (RSFs). The analysis builds on data from interviews with 53 elected and staff representatives of Swedish Regional Sport Federations (n=46) and the Swedish Sports Confederation (n=7). Drawing on conceptualisations of representation (e.g., Pitkin, 1967) and meta-organizations (e.g., Ahrne & Brunsson, 2008), we suggest that faced with the impossibility of representing the wide range of demands (e.g., for new facilities) that are expressed by clubs in their region (up to 4000 clubs), the RSFs formulate a view of representation which implies that what clubs want is not necessarily in their best interest, and vice versa. To determine which interests should be prioritized, advocates increasinly rely on centrally formulated policy documents. This, in turn, has implications for the significance of how these documents are produced and decided on (e.g., by elected representatives or management).

National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159940 (URN)
Conference
16th European Association for the Sociology of Sport Conference, Bö, Norway. June 3-6, 2019.
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-00557
Available from: 2019-06-11 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-06-13
Principal InvestigatorStenling, Cecilia
Coordinating organisation
Umeå University
Funder
Period
2016-07-01 - 2019-06-30
National Category
PedagogySociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:1497Project, id: 2016-00557_VR