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From 'passive custodian' to 'active advocate': tracing the emergence and sport-internal transformative effects of sport policy advocacy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Centre for Sport Policy and Politics, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9619-801x
University of Otago .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2625-4426
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, ISSN 1940-6940, E-ISSN 1940-6959Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Organised sport has become a legitimate interest group, with potential influence in wider policy-making circles. Building on a distinction between because-of motives and in-order-to motives, the purpose of this study is to analyse why sport organisations conduct advocacy while offering an assessment of the sport-internal transformative effects of advocacy activities. The analysis is based on interviews with 46 elected and staff representatives of Swedish Regional Sport Federations, and it shows (1) that a perceived de-institutionalization of organised sport’s monopolistic position in Sweden underpins the imperative to conduct advocacy, and (2) that the overarching goal-oriented purpose of advocacy is to further sport organisations’ role as advocates in future policy processes. This indicates that sport organisations are transitioning from a ‘passive custodian’ to an ‘active advocate’ role in relation to the government. We propose that this latter role may include a professionalisation of advocacy activities, and that advocacy, therefore, may accentuate internal tensions related to the trade-off between efficiency and democracy, create a need for sport-internal advocacy, and undermine future advocacy claims and/or access to policy processes.

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2019.
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advocacy, institutionalism, legitimacy, politics, public policy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-157076DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2019.1581648OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-157076DiVA, id: diva2:1294611
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I idrottens namn: distriktidrottsförbunds idrottspolitiska arbete i en förändrad idrottspolitisk kontext
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-557Available from: 2019-03-08 Created: 2019-03-08 Last updated: 2019-03-14

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