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Exploring “The rules of the game” – the government – sport interaction in the local sport policy process: a research proposal
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (IHsport)
2015 (English)In: ISSA 2015 World Congress - Book of Abstracts, 2015, 72- p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
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The past decades have witnessed an increased interest in organized sport by many governments. The purpose of the research proposed in this abstract is to examine the ramifications of this development in the local sport policy process, using Sweden as an example. Our focus is on the interaction between organized sport and local authorities (LAs), particularly organized sport’s possibility and capability to influence the sport policy process in an era characterized by an increased politicization of sport and changing modes of governance. Building on institutional theory (Lowndes, 2010) and its concern with ‘the rules of the game’, i.e., the formal and informal procedures which structure behavior and the norms, values, and power relations that are embodied in and legitimize these procedures, we want to explore the following research questions: What are ‘the rules of the game’ of the sport–government interaction in the local sport policy process? What policy priorities and policy instruments are the outcome of this process? Empirically, we intend to make use of the fact that one of the main tasks of the 21 District Sports Federations–the regional extensions of Swedish organized sports’ umbrella organization the Swedish Sports Confederation–is to advocate for organized sport in relation to public policymakers. Arguably, being the allocator of 70 percent of the annual public support to sport, LAs are the most important target for such advocacy work. Reversely, being the main public resource provider to organized sports, LAs can be assumed to have an incitement to determine aims and monitor outcomes while simultaneously maintaining good relations with an organization that represents a large part of its voters.

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2015. 72- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112684OAI: diva2:882113
World Congress of Sociology of Sport, Paris, France, June 9-12 2015
Available from: 2015-12-14 Created: 2015-12-14 Last updated: 2016-01-13Bibliographically approved

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