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From reaction to proaction: Tracing the emergence of sport policy advocacy in a neoliberalized policy context
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9619-801X
School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2625-4426
2018 (English)In: ISSA 2018 Book of Abstracts, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Recent literature suggests that sport agencies have to persistently build legitimacy and support for their cause with government. Arguably, organised sport has become a legitimate interest group, with potential influence in wider policy making circles. The purpose of this presentation is to empirically assess and explain advocacy activities in this context, while offering an assessment of the potential implications arising from these practices. The analysis is based on 50 interviews with elected (n=14) and staff (n=38) representatives of Swedish Regional Sport Federations and the Swedish Sprots Confederation. Data shows that there is indeed a purposeful increase in the volume of advocacy activities conducted by the organizations under study. Paralleling changes in the conduct of non-profit sector organisations, rerpesentatives of sport point to a number of contextual changes that together denote a deinstitutionalization of organized sport's monopolistic position in Sweden. The purpose of advocacy is thus to respond to these changes and thereby regain and secure sport's legitimacy with public policy makers, officials and more generally in the public's awareness. While respondents view advocacy in a positive light, we suggest these acitivies are inherently transformative, generating a number of unintended consequences for voluntary sport organizations, including the voluntary consignment of autonomy vis-a-vis the government, the need for sport-internal legitimacy building, shifts in the relative authority of paid staff and elected officials, a general re-allocation of resources from 'doing sport' to 'talking about doing sport', and the suppression of grass-roots voices disguised by the ascribed necessity of co-ordinating advocacy agendas.

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2018.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151262OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-151262DiVA, id: diva2:1243329
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2018 Annual conference of the International Sociology of Sport Assocaition, June 5-8, 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-00557Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2018-09-06

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