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Sport policy in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Sport Policy, ISSN 1940-6940, E-ISSN 1940-6959, Vol. 8, no 3, 515-531 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contemporary sport policy in Sweden is the result of a century-long relationship between national and local governments and voluntary, non-profit and membership-based club sport which has resulted in extensive financial support to organised sport. The relationship is defined by an 'implicit contract' in which the government decides on the extent and the purpose of the funding, and the recipient, the Swedish Sports Confederation, determines the details of the distribution and administration. These funds are distributed to 20,164 sport clubs and their 3,147,000 members in exchange for the realisation of social policies on public health and the fostering of democratic citizens. While an important cornerstone of the relationship has been the autonomy and self-determination of the recipient of the funds in their capacities as civil society organisations, recent decades have witnessed an increase in demands on performance outputs. These demands have explicated a wider social responsibility for organised sport and entailed a system for follow-up and control of the results of the government support via key performance indicators. In these ways, the corporatist agreement and consensus traditionally characterising the public–civil society interaction has been accompanied by governing mechanisms associated with neo-liberal ideologies which in turn are putting the sustainability of the implicit contract to the test.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 8, no 3, 515-531 p.
Keyword [en]
sport policy development, government involvement, civil society, sport organisation, sport governance, Sweden
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-107038DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2015.1063530ISI: 000390991800010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-107038DiVA: diva2:846604
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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