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`Modernization’ and the emergence of public policy advocacy: the construction of legitimate advocate roles
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Centre for Sort Policy and Politics, University of Otago, New Zealand.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9619-801X
Centre for Sort Policy and Politics, University of Otago, New Zealand.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2625-4426
2018 (English)In: Book of abstracts: Sport, Discriminations and Inclusion: Challenges to Face, Bordeaux: EASS , 2018, p. 104-104Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Because public policy advocacy involves participation in and impact on public policy process, it is often considered as inherently good not only for a society's democracy but also for the advocating organization. The purpose of this paper is to critically examine this supposition by analyzing how changes in volume and shape of advocacy conducted by voluntary sport organizations relate to broader issues of ‘modernization' of voluntary sport. The paper thus seeks to unveil how a seemingly positive development might have unintended and potentially adverse consequences for organizations that gain legitimacy from their standing as a voluntary, democratically governed organization. The paper builds theoretically on the concept of ‘institutionally legitimized roles' and empirically on 50 interviews with representatives of Swedish voluntary sport. This research seeks to determine which officials (e.g., paid or volunteer) adopt the role of ‘appropriate' representatives in advocacy endeavours, why and under what conditions. It also aims to investigate whether the strategic composition of the ‘advocacy team' is reflective (or a driver) of changes in institutionalized roles and the ‘modernization' of voluntary sport. The initial analysis shows the construction of four legitimate advocacy roles: Revolving door-, Elite-, Street-level-, and Proxy-advocates. There is moreover a clear emphasis on paid professionals and organization-external spokespersons – not elected officials – as legitimate representatives in advocacy. The internal ranking of advocacy roles in terms of their relative importance thus shows how changes in volume and form of advocacy interrelates with processes of ‘modernization'.

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Bordeaux: EASS , 2018. p. 104-104
Keywords [en]
advocacy, public policy, sport organisations, voluntary sport, institutionalized roles, legitimacy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151482OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-151482DiVA, id: diva2:1245183
Conference
15th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, Bordeaux, France, 23 - 26 May, 2018
Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2018-09-06

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