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Sport policy advocacy: Best of times and the age of foolishness
School of Phsycal Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences .ORCID-id: 0000-0002-2625-4426
Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Pedagogiska institutionen.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-9619-801X
2018 (Engelska)Ingår i: ISSA 2018 Book of Abstracts, 2018Konferensbidrag, Muntlig presentation med publicerat abstract (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

The maturation of sport as an area of policy is characterised by the sector's increasing advocacy efforts and political engagement. This paper explores the turbulence generated by sport associations' efforts to co-create, legitimate and 'case build' outward to political authorisers. A number of theoretical lenses are appropriate to unpack this turbulence, with each illuminating particular conditions and consequneces. Drawing from empirical research in Sweden (together with perspectives emphasising ideas, interests and institutions), we auger 3 consequences. First, a focus on ideas draws attention to the narratives advanced by sport associations and the consequences of propagating an expanding range of promises. Not only can these narratives contribute to overcommitment, it is also unknown which once will gain traction and when, rendering the need to continue this 'shotgun approach' to advocacy. Second, pluralist (interest group) perspectives point to the important of gaining access on the public agenda, where influence is understood to be dependent on resources. It thus follows that organisations should seek to redirect efforts towards these activities, by creating specialist communication/'spin doctor' positions. Third, a focus on institutions (i.e., rules, organisational arrangements) directs attention to potential governance implications as a result of continued advocacy. Insofar as it is linked with demonstrating results, advocacy may become institutionalised practice among partner organisations 'down the chain'. Ultimately while advocacy is laudable for its democratic potential, it is also costly, raising the prospect of fewer doing the work, and more people marketing, legitimising and selling sport. 

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151264OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-151264DiVA, id: diva2:1243331
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The 2018 Annual Conference of the International Sociology of Sport Association, June 5-8, 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland
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Vetenskapsrådet, 2016-00557Tillgänglig från: 2018-08-30 Skapad: 2018-08-30 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-09-06

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