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Professionalization and its consequences: how active advocacy may undermine democracy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Centre for Sport Policy and Politics, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9619-801x
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. 

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2019.
Keywords [en]
sport policy, modernization, governance, sport politics, organizational change
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-161782DOI: 10.1080/16184742.2019.1637915ISI: 000478534700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-161782DiVA, id: diva2:1340319
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Making the case for organized sport: the construction of legitimizing accounts in public sport policy advocacy processes, Swedish Research Council
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-00557Available from: 2019-08-05 Created: 2019-08-05 Last updated: 2019-09-10

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