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Sport Policy Advocacy as Interest Representation: Serving whose interests?
Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Pedagogiska institutionen.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-9619-801x
2019 (engelsk)Inngår i: Sports and the Enviornment - Policies, Values and Sustainability, 2019Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
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).

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159940OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-159940DiVA, id: diva2:1322654
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16th European Association for the Sociology of Sport Conference, Bö, Norway. June 3-6, 2019.
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I idrottens namn: distriktidrottsförbunds idrottspolitiska arbete i en förändrad idrottspolitisk kontext, Swedish Research Council
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-00557Tilgjengelig fra: 2019-06-11 Laget: 2019-06-11 Sist oppdatert: 2019-06-13

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